Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making resolution?

After making years after years of it and not fulfilling it, some people totally stop making New Year resolutions. Are you one of them? I was, until it I read somewhere that we’re making resolutions the wrong way!

When making resolutions you've to keep in mind two really important points.

1. Is it Realistic?
2. Is it Clear?

If you think your resolution is not attainable what makes you think you’ll be motivated to reach it?

For example:
Mary’s resolution for 2011 is to lose 30kg by end of the year. She just started working and has no funds or time to carry out the plan. When she sees that her goal is too far away, she will be less motivated to even give it a try.

Let’s say Mary decide to change her resolution to lose 2kg every quarter of the year. Even if she have only lost 1kg by the first quarter, she will not feel discouraged as she’s already a step closer to loosing 8kg in a year.

Be Clear.
Some general resolutions I’ve often heard of:
I will eat healthier, I will exercise more, I will not spend excessively, I will be nicer, I will put in more effort in my studies and the list goes on…

Being clear on your resolutions means defining your resolution and putting effort into coming up with plan for your resolution.

For example: I will eat healthier.
Define healthier? Less meat? More Vegetable? Home cooked food? Organic food? Be precise and you’ll find it easier to accomplish it.

Many a times we make resolutions that have what I call “loopholes” in it. It’s easy to say I will quit smoking by end of the year or I will save ten thousand dollars this year. Most people after making such resolutions, by the 2nd or 3rd month, they will totally forget about it.

Since the resolution is for “the end of the year”, most often then not people tend to have the idea that there are 12 more months, I’ll start next month, there are 11 more month, I’ll start next month… and promptly forget about the resolutions made, until the end of the year comes and since they’ve already wasted 1 year, might as well use back the same resolution next year right?

All these are just my 2 cents worth, if you’re starting to come up with next year’s resolution, hope you’ll consider the 2 points above.. and all the best in realizing your resolutions. :)


Young Werther said...

Great advice!

..but resolutions are still hard to keep and do.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

uglyfatchick (Chicky) said...

Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! :)