How to Keep your New Years Resolution and Seven Resolutions Worth Making

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It is that time of year again! We start to reflect on the last year and curate lists upon lists of improvements and corrections in our life we plan to implement during the coming year.  Self-improvement is the buzz-word regular connected to everything from doing the laundry more often to doing more sports. Most people want to lose weight, save more money, give up on smoking or drinking. Most resolutions are of the life-changing nature.
They align with the "New year - new start -new me" mentality, widely promoted on TV and social media. But how can we keep our resolutions?
And which resolutions help you to be your better self? Stay tuned.

Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

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How to Keep Your New Years Resolution

Plan ahead

Made your resolution on a whim?  Most resolutions fail on that basis.
Do you want to lose weight? Great resolution!  But let me ask you this: How much? How will you do it? Will you follow a diet? Exercise more?  How will you implement these changes? Like losing weight, most resolutions include more substantial lifestyle changes. Making these resolutions on a mere whim of the moment will set you up for failure. So before setting the target,  sit down and make notes. What do you want to achieve by what time? What will you need?  Preparation is the key.  If you have a well-thought-out battle plan, you are halfway to achieving your goal.

Step by Step

I am guilty.  I belong to the many around this world to want it all and want it now. But wanting too much too quickly will kill the very sprout of your resolution. Think of what you wanted to achieve this past year. Did you meet your goals? Why not? Big changes take time. However, time is the last thing we want to invest, at least on a long-term basis. Losing patience due to a lack of immediate results is the most common end of pursuing resolutions further than a couple of weeks into the new year.
So why not break your big resolution into several smaller steps you can spread over the entire year. Manage your expectations by keeping your goals manageable.

Involve People

Nothing works better than putting a little pressure on us to make us do things. There are so many ways you can include your friends in resolutions. A quick Google search will show you every option, from keeping them in the loop to involving money. My favourite idea so far comes from a german blog called "CorpusMotum".  The idea is to implement the new habit within nine weeks. You give your friend a lump sum of 180€ asking him to pay you out of this sum. Each week you have the chance to earn 20€ back by keeping your resolution. If you fail to keep it, well, then you would have been a very generous friend. I like this idea because it is very motivational on both sides, yours and the one who is watching you.

Seven Good Resolutions to Make In the New Year

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7 Resolutions Worth Making

Sometimes, though, it is the small things that influence our life most.
So, here is a collection of small things you can change in 2019.

  • Be more positive about yourself. 
  • Spend more time with your family and friends (e.g. phone them up once a week).
  • Put your phone away for at least one hour before you go to bed.
  • Read and finish at least one book.
  • Go for a walk once a week.
  • Drink more water.
  • Have your five-a-day every day. 

Yes, nice and simple. Or so it seems.
Each one of these resolutions already poses a small challenge in our everyday life. Defying body images and expectations of the world around us is hard. Making time in our busy work-life-schedules is difficult. And so on.
But as I already said it is already those small little things that can have a  positive effect on us.

So this year, instead of going big with your resolutions go small. But bring them home.

What are your resolutions for 2019? And how do you plan on keeping them?
I am looking forward to reading your comments below!

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