Well, it’s March. A lot of you have already given up and those running shoes are sitting at the back of your shoe rack and so are your resolutions. But let me tell you something, it’s not late! You probably would have said this to yourself in January and February,“kal se pakka!” But sadly that kal never arrived.
But you don’t need to worry since we have got you covered. Here is a list of 7 dope steps which will help you in keeping up with your resolutions:-
- One goal at a time
Not 3, not 2 but just ONE. One of the major problems why people eventually give up on a resolution is because they try to do ten separate things at once.
You can’t give up smoking, start dieting, launch a startup and attend college regularly all at once! So, the key here is to focus on how bad you want something, concentrate on those that will have the greatest impact on your happiness.
- For god’s sake, BE REAL
Okay, let’s be honest, you’re not magically going to fall in love with salads and eat them every day or quit alcohol or smoking completely. Setting specific goals is important. So start with ‘reducing’ the number of cigarettes other than giving up completely.
Or if your resolution is to save more money then start by a small amount, try eating salads only 3-4 times a week instead of forcing yourself to eat salads every day.
- Short term goals will take you a long way!
Child, don’t set the standards too high. Break your goals down to manageable chunks. Don’t tell yourself that you have to lose 20 kg this year, instead tell yourself that you’re going to lose 3 kg in the next 2 weeks and work on THIS specific goal for the next few days. Change is difficult and that’s why taking small steps is easier and better.
- Visualize yourself
This is for all those who have given up already, but no amigo it’s time to pick up where you left. Envision yourself as the person you’ll become if you stick to your plan.
See yourself as a non-smoker, 20 pounds slimmer, getting good grades (if your resolution was to study harder this semester).
Looking into the future is important to keep yourself going.
- Lights! Camera and ACTION!
It is necessary to know HOW you’re going to achieve your goal. Write it down so you have something to refer to. If you’re going to lose weight, how are you going to do it?
If you want to score better this semester, it is essential you make a timetable and study regularly. Also jot down your time frame in this process.
This is a roadmap, something which outlines the steps required to reach your target and the time you’ll require to achieve it.
- Reward yourself.
Yes, you’ve worked hard and you deserve a cheat day. After every milestone you achieve, make sure you give yourself a break.
Rewards are exciting, like this you’ll have something to look forward to while you work on your resolution. But remember one slip, and it could all be over. This can also lead to accountability; tell your mother, friends, girlfriend/boyfriend about your plan.
So they’ll have your back and keep reminding you if you try to take a de route from your plan.
- Make time, not excuses
Last but not the least, make time. Yes, you’re going to be busy. Yes you’ll have this very important assignment to submit or a party to attend.
But don’t forget your resolution in the process because resolutions are made for you. They help you become a better person. So even on an extremely busy day, work on your resolution, even if it is less than the required amount, work on it.
To conclude, do bear in mind that a slip-up is almost inevitable at some point, and you must not let this become an excuse to give up. Anything happens, DO NOT GIVE UP YOU AWESOME SAUCE PERSON!
So hopefully now you’re motivated enough to put those resolutions back in action. And for those of you who still haven’t started, it’s never late! Go get your diary out and start jotting down your plans right away.
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