Pick a goal that is meaningful and doable, making sure it's coming from inside you, not imposed by others.
Make specific, realistic plans for your New Year Goal using the time-tested SMART Technique:
If you want to quit a bad habit, start by identifying its 3 main parts: the cue, the routine, and the reward. After you check the cue and your routine that follows it, you can swap the routine with something good (or less bad) to do.
For example: If you feel the cue of smoking, replace the smok...
While you're trying to follow your resolution, there will be inevitable obstacles and slip-ups that will discourage you. Do not punish yourself, just stop your inner critic from whispering negative things in your mind and carry on with your good work.
You can also try to rew...
When you try to push yourself in the right direction by trying to build a good habit, there are forces inside you that will resist and have to be fought.
There will be negative thoughts related to progress that can be overcome by thinking positive, motivating thoughts. If positivity d...
The W.O.O.P. Technique can work to make you focus on what is to be done:
Set slightly bendable and flexible plans so that you can meet them on a daily basis.
For example: If you set a rigid goal to exercise in the gym for 1 hour daily, it can fail, but if your goal is to go to the gym daily and get some exercise, even 15 minutes, then it has a higher chance o...
A group supporting you with your goals can be an effective technique for motivation. It is a form of public commitment and peer pressure to keep you from postponing or giving up upon your goals.
You can also use social media to announce and provide updates on your self-improvem...
There will be people that may discourage you, try to make you a slacker again, or just thrust their negativity and inner jealousy on your positive goal-setting, trying to sabotage it.
Identify and stay away from negative influencers.
In case you miss your resolution, don't lose hope and start afresh. Keep moving in a positive direction, even with setbacks.
Be kind to yourself in case of a hurdle. You are your own experiment so keep experimenting.