Tuesday, January 03, 2012
The problem with resolutions is that people set they goals unrealistically high.
Ambition is a good quality to have, but by breaking your resolution(s) down into bitesize chunks, you'll find them easier to achieve and a great deal more satisfying. Remember that lots of small leaks can still sink big ships, so if you're trying to get out of a rut, have a go at reigning in the enormity of the task.
Here's an example...
Every January millions of people everywhere make the sweeping statement that this will be the year they lose weight and get fit. It's why gyms have their greatest influx of new members at the start of the year. It's natural to feel guilty about holiday excesses and to feel like that waistline is burgeoning, but don't jump straight on the fitness/detox bandwagon. If you're serious about improving your fitness, build up gently to avoid disappointment. Start small: In January I will not use the lift at work, but always take the stairs instead. It's a simple target, easy to achieve, and easy to continue. You can increase the intensity incrementally. In February I will cycle to work for 2 days a week (whilst still always taking the stairs). It's more easy then to absorb these short bursts of exercise into your lifestyle, until they become the norm.
The 10 most commonly broken New Year's resolutions are predictable, but it's also easy to understand why they fail - they're just too broad.
1. Lose weight and get fit;
2. Quit smoking;
3. Learn something new;
4. Eat healthier and diet;
5. Get out of debt and save money;
6. Spend more time with family;
7. Travel to new places;
8. Be less stressed;
9. Volunteer; and
10. Drink less.
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