Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How To Achieve Your New Year Resolutions?

It is now May. Almost half of the year gone. Do you still remember those new year resolutions you've made earlier this year? Are you on track? Or, you've totally forgotten about these resolutions? I would say only some still remember those new year resolutions (without referring to the written resolution list) and only a few would be those on track. The rest might be repeating the same resolutions again next year. It is easy to list down our new year resolutions, but to achieve these resolutions, it's really not easy. It takes a lot more effort and most importantly, persistency.

So, how to achieve our new year resolutions successfully?

We take example, one of the most common new year resolutions would be 'save money'. The term 'save money' is too common and not specific enough. To help ourselves to achieve this resolution, we should be more specific. For example, instead of 'save money', we should write down 'save RM6000 towards the end of the year'. From there, we can breakdown the resolution to a 'smaller resolution'. For example, 'save RM500 at the end of every month'. Now, that looks more achievable right? It is funny how our minds work, but somehow it's tough when we see the figure RM6000. But, with RM500, it looks achievable. Then, make sure we execute the plan properly. And not forgetting to review the achievement from time to time. Try out with something achievable. Don't be too hard on yourself. Once you have had that small achievement, I believe you are ready and will be more enthusiastic for more challenging new year resolutions.

Apply and practice the same method for your other new year resolutions:
1) Be specific (what? when?);
2) Break down the one year resolution to a smaller resolution (monthly or weekly resolution);
3) Execute persistently;
4) Review weekly or monthly until the end of the year

I wish you all the best in your new year resolutions. You still have about half a year to go :)

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