As the new year approaches, I’m already getting nervous about whether or not I’ll be able to stick to my sole resolution.
I think that the reason most people do not stick to their new year’s resolutions is because they set outrageous objectives with an immediate timeline. Therefore, great ideas never make it past January 2nd.
Make Only One Realistic Resolution
Your new year’s resolutions should actually consist of a single resolution. Come up with something that you know you can do, if you truly commit to it. If you want to quit smoking, don’t say that your last cigarette will be on December 31st. Chances are, you won’t quit cold turkey and your resolution will be null and void. You’ll feel like a failure and forget all about making the change.
Instead, resolve that you will begin your battle to quit smoking on January 1st. Take your first step on that day by simply reading a few articles online about how others have kicked the habit. You’ll be in compliance with your resolution and on the path to achieving your goal.
Don’t Set a Deadline
Why no deadline? Well, if your deadline comes and you’re still smoking, you’ll be tempted to give up. The date has passed, you failed, so the pressure is off. Time to go back to two packs a day. Don’t set a deadline. Set a start date.