Each New Year is a start of a new life. And so is each week. Everyday, in fact, is a new beginning. With this in mind, get your hopes up that no matter how many times you fail to work on your resolution, you can get back on track anytime. This doesn't mean you can leave for tomorrow what you can do today. It means not giving up until you succeed.
It is common for people to make resolutions for the incoming year. However, it is also common to make the mistake of not creating a concrete plan on how to accomplish them. A set of goals without an accompanying plan of action is never far from an idle wish list.
This is where a daily resolution comes in handy. The key is to get down to the details of what your day will look like. I'll give an example. For instance, if your resolution is "to eat healthy and lose weight," you can make the following changes in your schedule to accommodate the steps that lead to achieving your goal:
1) Set aside a time on Saturday night to plan healthy meals for the upcoming week. Take note of the ingredients then make a checklist of groceries to be bought on Sunday.
*Note to self: Don't buy junk foods and canned goods.
2) Go to bed early at night so you can wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning to exercise before eating a healthy breakfast.
*Note to self: I know this is difficult, but don't just wake up when the alarm rings, get up!
3) Share your resolution and game plan to your family and friends who are willing to support you.
*Note to self: Surround yourself with supportive people and don't give in to temptations.
These 3 steps can make a huge difference. You can restructure your new and more productive schedule if needed, like if you want to add an extra 15 minutes to your workout routine, you can wake up 45 minutes earlier. To ease in to this schedule, you might also want to adjust the time you sleep at night a bit earlier. Or, you can make changes gradually. You might want to do exercises every other day instead of every day as a start. The thing is to be realistic and not lose focus at the same time. Do something each day that will lead you to your goal.
If you can make your resolution a part of your day and live with it, you have joined the 8% of people who keep up on the resolution they made at the beginning of the year.
You don't have to wait for the next New Year. Every day, you have a shot of making a brand new start.