In the early 1900’s, resolutions were perfected by practicing honorable resolves.
An example, one might resolve to practice every morning, in the New Year, might be like taking a solemn vow.
This 1900’s resolve read, “I will this day try to live a simple sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking. I promise to cultivate cheerfulness magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence, exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust and a child-like trust in God.” – From a 1900 calendar by Bishop John H. Vincent.
Today one doesn’t put such high expectations on New Year’s resolutions. Times are different from the 1900’s but that doesn’t mean a person should stop the practice of becoming better individuals. A person can still live an honorable life while exercising affirmative values.
How does one stay on track and keep the goal they set for the New Year? Follow these 10 steps to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
- Choose a realistic goal. Make it manageable. For example if losing weight is your goal, start out small like losing 5-10 pounds then move ahead to something more. Don’t make a goal so unattainable that it’s designed to fail.
- Plan ahead. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to pick a goal. Spend some time planning what you would like to change, adopt, or modify in your life. Refer to step one, be realistic.
- Set little milestones. Achieving your goal can be accomplished by taking one step at a time. Start out small and with each little success, reward yourself.
- Be kind to yourself. Remember it can take 30 days before a practice becomes a habit. Breaking unhealthy habits requires a commitment and takes time.
- Don’t let setbacks discourage you from achieving your ultimate goal. If you fall, get back up, dust yourself off and get back on track. Remember if you aren’t making mistakes, you’re not learning from them.
- Find support with family and friends. They can be your biggest allies.
- Keep focused. Stay committed and don’t lose hope. Remember the best rewards are fought with blood, sweat and tears.
- Keep a journal. Write down your obstacles, your achievements, and your thoughts. As time progresses, you may see improvements. This will inspire you to keep pressing forward.
- Make a list of five of your biggest stumbling blocks. Learn to try something different to overcome those obstacles you’re facing.
- Make a list of five reasons you chose this resolution. Understanding why and how important it is can inspire you when the going gets tough.