About 40% of American adults set at least one resolution every January and most give up by February or March. Why? Because they get discouraged when they don’t see quick results.
So why do people bother making resolutions? This is because we want to try to make our lives better. Making resolutions means that we have hope in the future and we want to try to change. With every new year, there is a chance to start a new habit or break an old habit. Setting resolutions can help you get closer to your goals and create positive behaviours.
How can we keep our resolutions? Take time to consider what will make an important change in your life. Don’t just pull some quick ideas from the air and make them your resolutions, make definite plans. Set aside some quiet time and sit down with a pen and paper. Jot down some ideas and then consider what would be some practical, realistic resolutions.
Some of the more popular resolutions are:
- losing weight
- eating healthy
- saving money
- stop smoking
- quit drinking
Once you determine what resolutions are important to you, then write them down as a promise to yourself and put it on your fridge, desk or somewhere that you will see it every day as a reminder. It takes about 21-30 consecutive days to create a new habit, so keep going until your resolution becomes habit.
I challenge you to make some realistic resolutions and try to keep them until the end of 2013. Don’t give up, keep trying and you will succeed!