What are your 2021 new year’s resolutions? Whatever ones you choose, to make 2021 a better year for yourself or others, pick resolutions you believe are achievable, plan ahead, make a commitment and do your best to accomplish your goals. I know this is no easy task! So how can you ensure than you are the 10% that stick to their new year’s resolution? Keep reading and find out all the answer in this blog!
Why do people make new year’s resolutions
This is an old tradition that dates all the way back to 153 BC. Janus, a mythical god of Rome, had two faces, one facing forward into the future and one looking back into the past. On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backwards into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past.
It is human nature to set goals at the start of something new, making the start of the New Year a popular time to set new goals and expectations for the year ahead. The idea of bettering ourselves is another inspiration. Most of us have a natural tendency toward self-improvement, and although the New Year is somewhat random, it is the most logical day to implement new plans and to get ourselves all psyched up. I find it to be a wonderful, invigorating and stimulating time to visualize how you would want the rest of the year to unfold. It’s also a time to take stock of who we are and the way we live.
What are new year’s resolution
A new year’s resolution is a promise a person makes at the start of a new year. The most popular personal goals people set for themselves typically address the essential aspects of life, such as health, feelings of wellbeing, social connections, or finances. The goal of these resolutions is to improve life in the coming year. It may be to change a bad habit, like eating too much before bed or to develop a positive habit, like using less plastic and recycling more.
All this is great, but why is it that only 10% stick with them for more than a few months?
Why do we struggle to keep our new year’s resolutions?
There are many reasons why people fail to keep these new year promises. And although they are made to make our lives better and more fulfilling, many of us lack the will power and/or belief to carry them out all through the year. This new year’s resolution burnout can be narrowed down to the following issues.
- Old habits die hard! Making a new habit is easy, in fact it’s fun and somehow very uplifting. But implementing these new habits means replacing the old ones. And that, my friend, is the hard part. Especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many people may cling to old, familiar, comfortable habits in an attempt to maintain some degree of normality in these uncertain times. These old habits are ingrained in our automatic memory or unconscious memory, so they show up without you thinking about them, making it easy for us to stick to our normal daily routines and challenging for us to make changes.
- Habits are also multi-faceted; Take drinking alcohol, for example, your past feelings, thoughts, and emotions related to drinking can also contribute to making the habit satisfying even before you actually drink alcohol.
- Focusing on specific outcomes! This is another reason why we fail with our new year’s resolution! For example, we focus on reaching a certain bodyweight! This type of goal can be frustrating and eventually push us to give up before reaching our goal.
- Lack of planning! People who set out to achieve new goals without careful planning are doomed to fail. Just wanting it is never enough!
- Lack of connection! If you are like most people, the chances are you are busy from dusk till dawn and you probably don’t have a lot of time left over at the end of the day. So if you don’t feel connected with your new year’s resolutions, or if they aren’t meaningful enough, you are more likely to quit.
Tips to help you achieve your new year’s resolution
A word of caution! This is by no means a bulletproof recipe for achieving your new year’s resolution… However, to make it easier to keep your new year’s resolution, you need to take a multi-faceted approach. Here are a few tips that may help:
1- Connect with your resolutions!
This is the stage where you ask yourself “why”. Asking this will help you find your real purpose, which will help to improve your motivation. For example, if you want to get into intermittent fasting your ” why” is for health reasons, as maybe you have been over-eating lately and no other diet has worked so far! So now that better health is your motivator, it’s also important to plan how you are going to achieve it.
2 – Planning realistic and achievable goals!
People who think carefully about what it is they really want to change in their lives, and effectively plan for it, have a much better chance of achieving their goals. By intentionally breaking your resolution down into achievable steps, the stage is set for success rather than failure. This goal should not be a huge effort or sacrifice. For example, with the fasting, by setting yourself the goal to just skip a meal, whichever one that is easiest, you are already setting yourself for a mini victory.
Then the next step in the plan is to add another achievable goal. A few years back, intermittent fasting was one of my resolutions, so I started with 12 hours for 2 weeks, then 13 hours for the next 2 weeks, and so on until I achieved my daily 18 hour without food. I remember at the time that adding one hour every 2 weeks, to my fasting window, was very achievable. So within 5 months, I was able to fast during weekdays for 18 hours.
3 – Tell your friends and family!
By telling your friends and family you are making your commitment public. This will make you accountable to follow through. Human beings are inherently social, and we want to connect with and feel accepted by others. This is a powerful motivator if you want to avoid the shame and embarrassment usually associated with letting people down. By sharing your news you might even encourage others to join you! Start a challenge on social media, encourage like-minded people to follow you and engage with others. This will keep you connected to your goals and make you more likely to be successful.
25 top new year’s resolution ideas
1- Save more money
“A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” —Joe Moore
I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.
J. R. R. Tolkien
3 – Explore new hobbies!
“If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.”
4- Drink less alcohol!
Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
5 – Eat veggies regularly!
“WHEN DIET IS WRONG, MEDICINE IS OF NO USE. WHEN DIET IS CORRECT, MEDICINE IS OF NO NEED.” – AYURVEDIC PROVERB
6 – Take the stairs all the time
“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”.
“A truly compassionate man gives a poor woman a portion of his meal before he eats, not after he has eaten.”
8 – Buy more plants for your home
“Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants.”
9 – Drink more water
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
10 – Take up volunteering
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
11 – Exercise more
“Even when all is known, the care of a man is not yet complete, because eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise, while possessing opposite qualities, yet work together to produce health.”
12 – Decorate the house with more family pictures!
“A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place.”
13 – Donate old clothes
“Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn’t know what the words meant.”
14 – Start writing your own journal
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a centre of peace.”
J. Donald Walters
16 – Go for long walks
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
18 – Give yourself more compliments!
“Self appreciation is a sign of maturity, seeking appreciation is a sign of immaturity”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
20 – Do more fasting!
If I’m not hungry and I’m busy, I am quite happy to skip a meal. It’s informal intermittent fasting. I feel strongly that this is one of the strongest areas of longevity research.
David Andrew Sinclair
21 – Be more kind to yourself and others!
Be kind to yourself and others. Come from love every moment you can.
22 – Use less plastic!
Single-use plastic is a ticking time bomb for the environment. Avoid it wherever and whenever possible.
Jennifer Nini, editor Eco Warrior Princess.
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
Thich Nhat Hanh,
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”
25 – Explore the world!
“STUFF YOUR EYES WITH WONDER,’ HE SAID, ‘LIVE AS IF YOU’D DROP DEAD IN TEN SECONDS. SEE THE WORLD. IT’S MORE FANTASTIC THAN ANY DREAM MADE OR PAID FOR IN FACTORIES.”
“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.” – Eric Zorn
I couldn’t agree more! It’s well worth planning ahead, making the commitment, and doing the best you can to accomplish your goals. After a challenging 2020, this might be the best start to 2021, you may well surprise yourself and could possibly make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!!
Take care my friends, and I will be back next year.
Smart Living To 100