New Year is the time when we all look back on the year that has passed and reflect on our lives. Some things we’ve accomplished we like, others we don’t, but each New Year we make a list of four shortcomings and take a vow to work on them.
In the recent decade the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions has become extremely popular in Australia. Surveys show that around 70 percent of us intend to set at least one goal they want to achieve in 2015. But there’s a big difference between “want” and “will”. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of those who make New Year resolutions actually succeed in realising them.
If you want to be among those 25 percent follow these two simple steps.
First of, don’t go for something colossal or impossible to achieve. The trick with succeeding is knowing your limits and taking baby steps. That way you won’t quit because it’s too hard. Plus, every little win you take will boost your confidence and give you the spark you need to continue working and improving.
The thing about New Year’s resolutions is that you make them lightly and without thinking too much because, chances are, you are quite excited during the holidays. But keeping that enthusiasm for months is hard. So to avoid that try delivering on that New Year promise as soon as you make it. Sounds a bit strange but it works. For example if you want to travel more, don’t wait, book your tickets straight away!
Now when you know how tackle your resolutions, here are some worthy vows that will keep you healthy and well in 2015.
1. Loose weight. Probably the hardest resolution to achieve which makes people put it on their lists year after year, hence the popularity.
2. Visit relatives more often and keep in touch with friends. We humans are social animals so we need regular human contact. The lack of such can have negative consequences which in some cases are worse than smoking, drinking and lack of exercise have on your organism.
3. Quit smoking. It’s hard to quit smoking but the health benefits are totally worth the effort. And don’t be afraid to fail at that. Often the path to success goes through failure, so don’t lose faith and keep pushing through.
4. Save money. You might as well save some money while making healthy lifestyle changes. Start by doing the simplest things like walking or riding a bike to work.
5. Volunteer. Volunteering is not only an awesome way to help other, it also helps you as well. It increases your happiness which means lesser risk of heart diseases for you. It’s a win – win.
These were our top 5 New Year’s resolutions. Share yours with us and tell us whether they made our list.