First things first: You don’t need a new year to make a new resolution. Just a reason.
Secondly, if your resolution is worth coming up – it’s worth taking the short few seconds to write it down.
So, when you make a resolution, such as at a new year, write it down.
Why write it down…
Do you remember resolutions you made 5 years ago? Probably not. It would be hard to know if you kept them in that case.
Do you remember resolutions you made for last year?
Write them down so you don’t forget. You can refer to them later. You can check your progress throughout the year and see if you are upholding them, or attaining them (if they are goals.)
Additionally, if you slip on keeping something in, or aren’t making progress towards a set goal – that doesn’t mean it is over.
You make the resolution to stop eating sugar. 1 month in you eat some sugar. You have two options really: You can give up “Well, that didn’t last…”, OR you can continue not eating sugar…
Super simple, super stupid – I know.
But why not write them down and keep at sticking to them.
Also, if goals seem hard check out my post on How to make your goals more attainable.
Making a resolution at New Year’s is making a commitment for a long haul. Normally for the year, often forever. They are marathons normally, not sprints.
And finally, keep at it until it is like a habit – as opposed to needing to remind yourself to do or keep it in. In the sugar example, keep not eating sugar until the point comes where you don’t even think about it.
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