How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, have you been able to keep up with the resolutions that you have made for 2019?  Are you still procrastinating about them? Are you losing momentum to work on your goals?

Most of us are very eager to start the new year. We envision ourselves succeeding at all of our goals. But when the first workday starts, we usually end up procrastinating and by the end of the week or the month, our conviction has fizzled out. But there’s still hope and you can always start over fresh with these tips.

Don’t quit on your new year’s resolutions just yet. There’s a better way to succeed.

Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals

In order for you to be able to see the progress (or lack of it) that you are making on achieving your goals, you need to make S.M.A.R.T. goals.

S.M.A.R.T. goals ensure that you are clear about what your end goal is. It provides you with specific details on what the end goal should look like and by what time. We all know how our default mode is to procrastinate so a deadline helps to keep us on track.

By being able to measure your progress, you also have the opportunity to mark your milestones and celebrate them which in turn provide you with the motivation to fuel you on to the next milestone towards your success.

Put Up Your System

After you’ve made your goals, you now have a basis for identifying what steps you need to take to achieve your goals. These steps become your system.

By focusing on a system, you take off the enormous pressure of accomplishing the end goal. Your system allows you to focus on the steps so you don’t have to stress out on the enormity of the tasks ahead.

The point of a system is to gradually replace the things that you need to do with willpower alone, or constant prodding on your part, with knowledge. This knowledge allows you to make better choices which means that you need to exert less willpower, or you need to expend less energy to convince yourself to do the right thing, the next time you need to make a choice.

As an example, if your goal is to lose some weight at the end of 3 months, you need to exercise and alter your diet. You need to learn which exercises work best with your body and which foods to eat to promote weight loss. With this knowledge, each time you go out with your friends, you can easily decide which food choices are better for you when you look up the menu and it will become easier for you to choose the better option instead of stressing out whether you are eating the right food or not.

Create New Habits

Your system consists of the things you do every day or your habits. To start putting up your new system, you need to start integrating the steps or the habits to transform your old habits into new, better ones.

With the right knowledge and consistency, creating new habits and replacing the old with a better one is not that difficult. Check out the 5 Steps to Create New Habits and Break Old Ones so you can start working on your success system.

By creating a system of good habits, you can achieve better results. A system of habits is also beneficial for you in the long run. While most of us can keep up with a goal eagerly for a short period of time, a system of good habits can be sustained for a longer period of time.

Just think of how athletes train daily for a game. You will notice that because of their daily training habits, they also train even after the game. Because of this, they don’t need to train more intensely before the next game. This is why a system of good habits makes it easier to achieve your goals.

What habits are you replacing this year? What are your end goals? Do share with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page. It will keep us motivated to keep up with our own resolutions too.

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