With both a new year and new decade on the horizon, now is the time to set your goals for the future.
2020 is fast approaching, and a new year always leaves us feeling hopeful for a brighter future. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular—in fact, some say the practice dates back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians!
There’s just something about a fresh start that makes us want to be better and do better. But often, we set lofty goals for ourselves and then become frustrated when we don’t achieve them. That’s why Lan Kwai Fong has rounded up five ways to ensure your New Year’s resolution sticks.
Read on to discover a few simple tips to make this your healthiest, happiest year yet.
Keep it Simple
While it’s tempting to write a big, long list of self-improvement goals, it’s actually counterproductive. Too many changes can be overwhelming and hard to maintain. Instead, choose one main area of your life you’d like to improve upon, be it your wellness, your social life, your spirituality or even your budget! Setting one goal means you can focus all of your energy into it. That, in turn, raises your chances of success.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big – but big dreams don’t come true overnight. They take years of hard work to achieve. Instead of focusing on the ultimate destination, look at your journey and break it down into manageable steps. For example, imagine you want to save up HK$20,000 this year. By itself, that can seem pretty daunting. To make it more manageable, commit to putting aside HK$1,670 of your salary each month (you can even have it automatically transferred to a different account, like a bill!). Before you know it, you’ll have hit your target!
Set a Schedule
Take out your 2020 diary, and schedule a ‘check-in’ every two or three months to keep track of your progress. This will keep you accountable to yourself. It also keeps your goal at the front of mind, so it doesn’t get lost midway through the year. Life is hectic and things always get in the way, but if you want to succeed you’ve got to be committed. The five minutes spent organising this could make all the difference.
Nothing feels quite as good as smashing a goal. But it can get disheartening if you wait until the very end to celebrate. Instead, break your main goal down into smaller steps, and reward yourself for each one. This way, there’s always a reason to celebrate, and another incentive along the way.
Share Your Goals
Staying accountable to yourself is important, but studies have shown that being accountable to other people is even more helpful. Sharing your goal with a friend makes you much more likely to achieve it – so find a resolution partner! Message them on your ‘check-in’ days to see how they’re doing, and vice versa, and make sure to celebrate each milestone along the way!
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