You want to develop your talents, unlearn bad habits or improve your love life. But is New Year the best time for your resolutions? And how do you keep up your intentions?
THE NEW YEAR
A new year symbolizes a new beginning: leaves appearing on trees, birds hatching - a new year is a new life. Long ago our new year started on the equinox in March; the point at which day and night are exactly the same length. After this, the days get longer and longer, until summer arrives. However, Julius Caesar shifted the New Year to January 1 more than 2,000 years ago. The days are then cold and dark and the new life is nowhere to be seen. Many people have difficulty getting out of bed and drag themselves through the winter. For them, the New Year is not the best time for New Year's resolutions.
PREPARE GOOD INTENTIONS
It is important to know why you want to slim down or quit smoking. Think about this carefully. Maybe you don't want to quit smoking at all, but you feel pressure from the outside. In such case, find something that you do support. For example, plan to run for 15 minutes a few times a week or to go to a yoga class. The winter months are very suitable for evaluating your life and for thinking about what good resolutions you are going to make.
Before making a resolution, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want to change about my life?
- Why do I want to change this?
- What is a realistic goal and when did I reach it?
- How do I make it easy for myself to keep up with my resolution?
- What resources can I use? (websites, books, courses, etc.)
Read some literature about your resolutions. For example, read a book about the sense and nonsense of diets before you start your umpteenth miracle diet. Or listen to an interesting podcast. Just keep in mind that you should never take counsel from people who do not follow their own example. If your chain-smoking friend knows how to quit smoking so well, why is he still smoking himself?
Therefore, beware of "good advice" from friends and fellow sufferers. Sometimes it may even be better not to inform them of your intentions at all. You are not obliged to do that; you decide this yourself.
Not discipline, but motivation determines your chance of success. Imposed discipline that does not come from motivation spoils your happiness in life and quickly ends your New Year's resolution. It is therefore important to continuously work on your motivation, for example:
- Find a group (online or offline) with fun, positive people. Avoid groups with negative energy.
- Have fun. Do you want to move more, but hate the gym? Do not! Go to tango lessons or find something else that you do enjoy.
- Find a coach.
- Visualize the end result and enjoy your wish image.
- Take an (online) challenge such as 'dry january' or 'veganuary'.
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