100% implementation guarantee for your New Year's resolutions

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Hand on heart: Who isn’t familiar with this situation? The famous-infamous resolutions are made quickly on New Year’s Eve: Breaking with old patterns, spending more time with family and friends, and less stress in everyday life. And then?

Unfortunately, these classic good resolutions are forgotten just as quickly in day-to-day life. Statistically, just 5% of people are able to make their resolutions reality. Willpower alone seems not be enough to implement them.

But what's the problem? So that your resolutions succeed 100%, here are five helpful tips for your start to the new year.

1. Write them down

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It sounds simple, but it's very effective! Take a pencil and paper (digitals use their smartphones), and write down your good resolutions for 2017. So that the resolutions you have written down do not disappear from your sight and mind, it’s best to hang them up in a visible location (digitals can use notes and put them on the start screen). For everything that is written down and literally “before your very eyes” is much more difficult to forget.

It sounds simple, but it's very effective! Take a pencil and paper (digitals use their smartphones), and write down your good resolutions for 2017. So that the resolutions you have written down do not disappear from your sight and mind, it’s best to hang them up in a visible location (digitals can use notes and put them on the start screen). For everything that is written down and literally “before your very eyes” is much more difficult to forget.
 
2.    Remain realistic!

Can you make your dream weight in 10 days? Unrealistic! Goals that are set too high cannot succeed. For in the end, the point is not to stop climate change or free the world of hunger and poverty (even if these would be wonderful things). Instead, your resolutions should be things that you can easily implement, so that starting is easy and success can be achieved quickly. Instead of writing down “lose 10 kg in 2 months”, instead write down “eat healthy and exercise more.” This way, your resolutions remain much more realistic and achieving these goals is within your reach.
 

3. Planning

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Good planning is half the battle! It is helpful to make a precise plan for what is required for the implementation and to specify a time in which the goal should be achieved. The plan should be as easy as possible to execute. Build in partial goals,one step after the other. For example, for “eat healthy,” it can be helpful to inform yourself about healthy food and to use this information to stock your own refrigerator. What must stay and what must go? Create a meal plan for a week and make an appropriate shopping list.

This way, you have consciously engaged with the topic and you don’t have to ask yourself each evening “What should I cook today and what should be I eating anyway?”

 
4.    Motivation please!

The keyword for making actual changes in your life is motivation. Always try to keep motivating yourself. Sometimes, a reward or a competitor can help. Perhaps you know someone who is making the same resolution. Or you can let other people help you: Talk to people who have already achieved the goal. Talk about your resolutions. Psychologists agree that people who share their goals with other people take their projects more seriously than those who keep them to themselves.
 
5. Celebrate your success!

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When you have achieved a goal on your list, celebrate this! Rewards not only increase motivation, they also increase your stamina and self-awareness. The reward does not always have to be a material reward; instead it can be praise or a bit more time for spoiling yourself.
We hope that you will succeed with your resolutions and we wish you a good start to the new year!

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 14, 2016 .