Puzzle Piece: How To Keep Those New Years Resolutions
If you're like most of the population, you make a resolution for the new year..and less than a week later promptly forget about it; but the good news is that there is a very easy way to keep those resolutions!
When most people make a resolution it's usually a tough task for that person to complete, whether the goal is to 'get healthy' or 'find a s/o' or 'get that promotion'; but most people don't know where to start to reach those goals and soon those goals find themselves at the very bottom of a never-ending to-do list. To be able to keep those goals you need to break them down into smaller more manageable parts, just like a puzzle, you need all the small pieces before you can see the final product.
How do you do this?
First, you have to understand why your past resolutions have failed. Say for example that your goal for the new year is to 'get in shape' for your cousin's wedding. Seems easy enough, until you realize that the bridal party is in Vegas and you don't want to miss out on any of the food or drinks. It also means you'd have to skip sleeping in those extra few hours in favor of a trip to the gym or a yoga session. The more you think about the goal and the easier way out, the more you start to stress about the goal getting farther away and the deadline getting closer and closer until you give up completely.
So how do you keep yourself from repeating this pattern?
Puzzle Pieces. Look at your large goal and break it down into smaller parts. Set a small goal for each week instead of one big goal. Using our 'get fit' example:
- On week one, try to go without Soda's.
- Week two, make it a goal to hit the gym at least twice in a week...and trade that soda for some fruity tea and bring your alcoholic drinks down to one a week (as a reward).
- On week three, trade one serving of bread/carbs in your day with veggies and add a third day at the gym.
- Week four, remove that sugary breakfast and replace it with protein and alkalizing citrus.
By the time the wedding rolls around you've not only started healthier habits but you've met your goal by doing small, easy to plan, tasks rather than one large project. Suddenly your goals are not only manageable but easily accomplished.
Rome wasn't built in a day, Victoria Secret Angel's aren't carved in one training session and CEO's don't just go from running for coffee to making executive decisions in a week. Always set your goals high, but don't give yourself a high level of stress. All things are possible, if you simply start one puzzle piece at a time.