My take on New Year's Resolutions.
New year resolutions, sounds familiar right? I know you had made so many promise to yourself that next year, I will do this, I will stop that, I will... the list goes on, but one thing which never changed in your life is that 'I will'. No it's not your willpower it's retardation. So, 2015 has arrived. Not just arrived, but first quarter has ended, means you might have fulfilled 25% of your targets, no? Likely story. The only thing you probably learnt is to write the date correctly in first attempt, nothing else. Here on this take, I will try to make you realise that you are not making any progress and how to change "I will do" to "I did it".
Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
- Lose Weight
- Getting Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
- Staying Fit and Healthy
- Learn Something Exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others in Their Dreams
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
News Years Resolution Statistics
- Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions = 45%
- Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions = 17%
- Percent of Americans who absolutlely never make New Year’s Resolutions = 38%
- Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution = 8%
- Percent who have infrequent success = 49%
- Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year = 24%
- Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year = 39%
- Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year = 14%
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
The above statistics are limited to Americans only but it covers a majority of users of this site (52.04% people) and globally, I don't think the numbers vary that much. Deriving the statistics, every second person makes it and the success rate is quite humiliating. What is the key to success here? Punctuality is quite a kin to regularity. Regularity means working as per rules, regulations and programme of time. Punctuality means working as per the programme of time. Punctuality involves time factor. We are to see that we are working strictly according to the time fixed. This key is punctuality.
Being consistent is the symbol of mastery in your life. On the other hand, being late all the time shows that you are a victim of the winds of fate, that you’re incapable of anticipating possible problems and either dealing with them or altering your course to avoid them. It sends the message that you’re harassed by time, not in control of it. You are just sitting on your couch, eating the slice of your pizza, watching TV hoping that you will complete your chores tomorrow which you should have done today. It reflects your overall integrity, how honest you are towards yourself.
My goal for 2015 is to accomplish the goals of 2014 which i should’ve done in 2013 because i promised them in 2012 and planned in 2011...
Useful Steps :-
- Limit your list to a number you can handle. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour but keep in mind that rather than stating one daunting goal, create a series of smaller steps that are concrete, measurable and time-based to reach it. Even top 10 things to do this year is too much. Cut it to five (three recommended). Yes, you could do them simultaneously as well as severally.
- Make it something you really want. Don't make it a resolution that you "should" want or what other people tell you to want. It has to fit with your own values. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life. Make them realistic, instead of weaving dreams in the air, make a resolution that would have significance in and add a meaning to your life.
- Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment. One reason that resolutions fail is people don't change the habits that sabotage them. You need arrangement. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time.
- Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.
- Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, thus maintaining motivation and a sense of progress.
- Monitor your progress. Divide your progress in five sub-categories. Check them individually. Your exercise routine and the diseases you are suffering from under physical. Your studies' timetable and projects under mental. Your relationships status with your friends, colleague and your significant other under social. Your financial situation and savings under economical. Your desires to buy new items and fixing the current mess under domestical. Once you check them, give yourself monthly (or weekly, if comfortable) scores out of hundred. Check out in which sector you are losing gasp. Optimize your performance based on your scores to ameliorate the progress for maximum output.
Insight guide to common resolutions :-
- Lose Weight and Get Fit - Each January, fitness clubs offer deals and promotions to those who want to make good on their resolutions. To those who have been at the gym for the other 11 months of the year, the crowded classes and treadmill lines make the new year a dreaded time. Luckily for gym rats, research says that 60% of gym memberships go unused and attendance is usually back to normal by mid-February. Why is that? Simple: people are lazy. Plus, you need to realise that it takes too much time you may not see the results for one to two months. Push the limits. If it's not feeling hard, then it's not workout. Furthermore, watch when you eat. Only exercises won't make you slim, your habits will.
- Quit Smoking - So you want to quit smoking? You should. It yellows your teeth, infiltrates all your clothing, irritates your significant other and charms only those in an ever dwindling crowd of fellow smokers. So what better time than now?
Good luck. Only an estimated 15% of people who try to quit manage to stay cigarette-free six months later. True, there are a host of products to help wean you off your nicotine addiction — patches, chewing gum, "e-cigarettes" and even "snus," a Scandinavian habit of wedging a tobacco capsule up against one's gum. The last two, though, have fallen afoul of the FDA; some say the agency overly frets about the harmful effects of these products, which, after all, can stop people from indulging in far more carcinogenic cigarettes. In any event, smokers, you have your work cut out for you. Think it over during your next cigarette break.
- Learn something new - Planning to learn piano, guitar? A new language? Surfing? Skateboarding? Dancing? Or even animation? You have to realise that there is a word "new". Learning a new thing is not as easy as A,B,C. Don't overexpect the results. Most of the things are easy to learn and difficult to master. Check out whether the goal you set-up can really be achieved within a year or not. Some things can even take a decade. Don't ditch your ambitions, cut your goals indeed.
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money - Financial planners advise making specific budget-friendly rules, rather than pronouncing overarching and often unattainable goals. Only allow yourself to eat one dinner out a week. Take a sack lunch to work most days. Vow to shop around for a new auto, home insurance and credit cards with lower interest rates and free balance transfers. Can you spare an extra $50 or even $20 a month to put toward paying off your student loans? If you're lucky enough to make it out of debt, the goal then becomes tucking some money away for retirement or a rainy day. Look into maxing out your 401(k) at work. And, while flipping through your favorite magazine, repeat the mantra, "I will save money this year, I will save money this year." But, ooh, look at that new Marc Jacobs bag, and I really could use a Kindle for all those subway commutes. Oh, and what about a new wardrobe for spring? Hmm. Maybe I'll save money next year.
- Spend More Time with Family - Everyone's busy these days, it's true. But blood is thicker than water, and the beginning of the year is an ideal time to reconnect with family that you haven't seen in a while. Great idea, right? Then February arrives, reality sets in, and you realize that the reason you didn't see cousin Jim more often is because he really isn't that interesting at all. Or that plan to spend more time with the kids? Well, it turns out that work doesn't magically disappear with the dawning of a new year, and you're at the office more than ever. It's a hard promise to keep — no matter how sincere the desire.
- Volunteer - It may be a new year, but there are still old problems in the world. To start out on the right foot, you may resolve to lend a helping hand. You can help build a house, care for an animal, distribute food to the hungry, tutor a student. Volunteering could be the resolution that keeps on giving — to yourself and to others. Use this for taking a break from your life. It will help you in relaxing.
- Be Less Stressed - Unfortunately, stressing less is likely to be the very first resolution you'll break. On Jan. 1, your train of thought may very well have gone something like this: Wow, it's 2011. Yikes, it's 2011! How did it get to be 2011 already? Where did the past year ago? Where have the past 10 years gone? What am I doing with my life? How am I going to manage going to the gym regularly? I know I said I'd eat healthier, but I really want that bagel. I think I'm going to eat that bagel. But, oh, if I eat that bagel... Don't make your targets your weakness. Do you know who you are? If a person reads the paper of your new year resolutions, he can easily defeat you. Your new year resolution reflects what you are and what kind of wannabe you are. Take time to save time. Meditate, review your progress, share your goals with friends and family to take suggestions and they are very good motivators and compassionate very well. Use the above point (volunteering) to kick the stress. Realise your worth, your value, your capabilities. You are preplanned so why worrying too much? #HakunaMatata !
- Stop Drinking - This is in fact your everyday's resolution. With every drink you make a promise that "this is the last drink of my life". Next day, "This is REALLY the last one because of the birthday of Steve". Don't stop it. Yes, just don't. Reduce it indeed. Drinking less is undoubtedly good for you: it's better for your health, your wallet and probably your reputation. It will not cause you wnwanted hangovers, keeping your formality and certainly prevents you from diseases.
- Travel - Don't travel alone. Never. Never ever. Plan it with your friends (who are dedicated and enthusiasts because they are great plan spoilers). Make a list of target destinations and hot spots. Watch several YouTube videos. Check your budget. Check the whether conditions. Hire appropriate guide. Buy the equipment you will need. You need to be really strict and do it on breaks only so that it won't affect the progress of your other sectors.
- Eat Healthier and Diet - Don't discard your favourite cheeseburger from your life but discard it from your daily routine. Try replacing the bad food with healthier ones. Drink juice instead of soft drinks (to fulfil the needs of sugar). Omlette instead of burgers (to fulfill the needs of salt). Eat dry fruits and vegan products. Last year, I read an article on newspaper, the author suggested giving yourself a happy treat three to four times a month. It will give you psychological boost by keeping you mentally stable. But still it's hard because you are a daily consumer? No, all you need to realise the demands of your body. Replacing food items will certainly work.
Statistics - http://www.statisticbrain.com/ & http://www.similarweb.com/
Some content - Insight guide to common resolutions - http://www.time.com/
Yes, first quarter has been ended. It's late, but it's not too late. We don't need a new year for our motives, but a new moment. A little effort every day, to the headway.
Thanks for reading. I hope you liked it and it was worth your time and you learned something out of it. I would really appreciate your feedback and any advice/help you could provide.
I'm not going to end this by the classic line people use "If this doesn't open your eyes, nothing will". All I want to say is "If this doesn't open your eyes, your circumstances will" So guys, time is ticking away
Game on folks, Believe!