It’s almost a month after many of us kick started our New Year’s resolution plans. While a few people still keep up their resolve, many of us mere mortals would have failed by now. How long did your New Year resolution last? A week? Only a day? It doesn’t matter.
So we weren’t committed for a few days. So what? Not keeping up your resolutions to the t isn’t the end of the world. There’s no use crying over spilled milk. We can always start now and get back on track.
What we should be doing now is reflecting on why we didn’t keep up with our plans. Did we aim too high? Was the goal unrealistic? Did we not feel motivated to carry on? If yes, why? We can ponder on these questions and tweak our goals. While we’re at it, it’s also good to add or delete a few goals.
Take my fitness resolution as an example. I planned to exercise and meditate daily, use public transport instead of autos, eat at a regular time and focus on proper posture. How did I fare? I never meditated, I took the bus just one day to work (returned home in an auto that day) and I have no clue about my posture (I’ve not even paid attention). On the plus side, I’m walking every other day (I’ll count that as exercise) and I’m eating at a proper regular time.
Why am I not meditating? I realized that I didn’t set a time for it and just forgot to meditate daily. I’ll fix that by setting a reminder. Why am I not taking the bus? The convenience of autos and the longer journey time of bus make me opt for auto. Not to mention the sweltering Chennai heat that I’d have to endure. This is definitely going to be hard for me. As for posture, I’m hoping once I start doing yoga, it’ll automatically get corrected. So, I’ll strike that off the list.
What new goal am I adding now? I’m planning to read a technical book or browse relevant topics for an hour daily. Maybe if I wake up earlier, I can take the bus and read/browse on the go. Two birds in one stone. As for taking the bus, I need to change my mindset and think about my carbon footprint every time I feel the urge to take an auto. Hopefully, I’ll improve on this front slowly.
There you have it! Step back, retrospect and get back on track. If your goal was unrealistic, modify it. If your goal was vague, make it specific. If you aren’t motivated to work on it, reflect why and either change your mindset or the goal, as applicable. Make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, Meaningful, Action-Oriented, Realistic, Time-bound).
If you want to give up because it’s hard to follow every day, remember that it takes a minimum of 21 days and an average of 66 days to form a new habit. There’s 11 more months to go. You can definitely reach your goals.
Tell me all about your new year’s resolution. Did you take one? How are you faring? Will you be tweaking it? Comment below.