Revealed: The Unconventional Secrets To Keeping Your Resolutions This Year
Wouldn’t be easy if there was just one formula that would guarantee us our New Year’s resolution all year long? Well sadly, there isn’t. In fact, only around eight percent of us manage to achieve our annual goal – a pretty damming statistic.
Each year, we may read a couple of articles that we hope will actually make it happen this time and over at Huffington Post, they have something similar. However personally, I felt this post was different from what I’ve read before. Normally you can pretty much predict what the article will talk about – but not this one. Don’t believe me? Then check out this short extract:
1. Start Out Extremely Small
Activation energy,” or the force that gets the ball rolling, is key. If your ambition is to shed some pounds (which is the most popular pledge, year after year), spend the first week in January exercising for one minute. If you’re entirely out of shape, your plan to run a 5K by January 15 is near-destined to hit the skids. Activate your resolution by starting with something you absolutely know you can do.
2. Make a “To-Don’t” List
When thinking about the year ahead, you might be quick to think about what you do want. You do want to volunteer. You do want to cut down on your drinking. But at what cost? Consider your “To-Don’t” list; this will help you slow down, start small and be more realistic about your goals.
3. Know Your Bias
Or, rather, recognize your very human negativity bias. We are much more likely to remember negative events than positive ones, and this behavior tends to serve as an obstacle. Be mindful of this tendency, so when you screw up, you can recover quickly and keep up with your progress. It’s very human to curse the things you did wrong. Remember that, then recall one thing you did right.
So if you’re like me and are interested in actually keeping your New Year’s resolution for a change, then make sure to check out the article. But more importantly…
Cheers to a prosperous and happy New Year!
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.