New year, new beginnings. It’s that time again where we all make plans for what we want to achieve for the upcoming year. But how many of us have actually managed to achieve what we had set out to do? According to a study conducted by the University of Bristol, not many. Almost 9 in 10 people failed to achieve their New Years’ Resolutions.
Most of us often set out to accomplish so many goals, but end up crashing and burning towards the middle without achieving any. We are busy. We make excuses. We forget to commit to change. So how will 2016 be any different? Instead of setting conventional New Years’ Resolutions, try Slow New Years’ Resolutions.
What are Slow New Years’ Resolutions?
Slow is Simple. Ten New Years’ Resolutions is way too complicated. Of course, the most instinctive thought would be to bring forward previous years’ resolutions for the following year. But first, stop and think about why the old resolutions did not go according to plan. Too often, we have too many wants and too many goals, which tends to overwhelm ourselves. So keep it simple – stick to one resolution and focus on it.
Slow is Small. We tend to have lofty dreams for our resolutions – dreams that are too huge. Sometimes, we may think that these dreams are unattainable.
Divide your resolution into small chunks. For example, learning a new craft is too vague. What craft is it? How much time are you willing to spend on honing your craft? What steps can you take to learn more efficiently?
Make it quantifiable. For example, make a decision to attend one workshop on bracelet-making a month, or deciding to sell one bracelet on Thinges in January, two bracelets in February and so on. You can even break them down to daily sub-tasks so you are achieving one step towards your monthly goal everyday.
Slow is Steady. Be consistent. It’s a New Year’s Resolution, not just January’s Resolution. The key word here is year – you’ve got to keep up the same effort for a YEAR. So start slow. Start small. Start gradual. It doesn’t matter as long as you take a step.