New Year, New You
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
We all know 2020 has been a quite memorable year, due to forced changes making it especially difficult. However, the new year ahead gives us hope and motivation to better ourselves, and what better way to do this than through New Year’s resolutions.
Studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. And although these may seem completely useless because most of us end up not even keeping them, setting goals and resolutions for ourselves motivates us one way or another.
Last year reminded us of how things as we know them can change so radically, so quickly. The year 2021 is a new opportunity to finally push ourselves to do those things we keep avoiding.
The main reason why we don’t keep our New Year's resolutions is because we set such unrealistic goals for ourselves and eventually we give up, or we get overwhelmed. A few tips to improve your lifestyle and reach those goals this year include:
Be realistic: make resolutions that you can keep and that are practical for your day to day life.
Take it slow: it’s very important to take one thing at a time and slowly achieve all your goals. Break your goals up into chunks and work three months at a time.
Keep yourself accountable: for example, join a class or work towards your goals with a friend so they can keep you in check and encourage you.
Be SMART (this is an acronym coined in the journal Management Review in 1981): your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
The most important thing overall is to change your mindset. Keep in mind, people who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t. So, do you have your list already?
These are a few ideas of resolutions for this year.
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