How to Make Your Resolutions Stick

We all know what it’s like. Christmas is approaching, and so is the new year. You have a long list of bad behaviors that need to go and an even longer list of good habits that need to be formed. This isn’t the first time you’ve tried resolutions, and these lists have existed for as long as you can remember. In fact, over the years, more and more items have joined the list.

I’m no psychologist, but I think that many of us pile on stress when we try to let out the bad air and blow in the good breeze. We beat ourselves up about the things we’re doing wrong. We try to force-feed, blackmail, and trick ourselves into becoming better.

Unsurprisingly, it hardly ever works, and we soon give up and look in the mirror with disgust daily. This year, I decided to forget about my lists and instead make all my resolutions about my attitude to life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a specific thing or another to amend in your life.

However, the state of your mind and your approach to yourself will determine whether it becomes a resolution or fails.

Here are some tips

Here are a few tips to put you in the right state of mind and open you up to success this year:

  1. Live more freely and yet more intentionally. We all know there are several sources of stress lurking in every corner. It may help to remain relaxed and open to the possibilities of each new day. By doing this, we can see our resolutions less as work and more as new adventures to go on.
  2. Adulthood may have a way of making it seem like life is uninteresting because you have less time for the things you really love. Think back to the fun activities that made you happy as a younger person. Chances are this will make you more happy and open to trying out more things that will bring you fulfillment.
  3. Practice self-appreciation on a deeper level. The changes you want will only be achieved if you already, to some extent, appreciate yourself and believe in your abilities.
  4. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to be the best version of yourself. There is much to be said about the presence of support and how it can impact your attitude toward your resolutions.

When all is said and done, remember that you may not always succeed. However, there is a lesson to be learned in every step we choose to take in our daily lives. Even if your resolution doesn’t go as you planned, odds are it will tell you one or more things about yourself that will help in the future.

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