Did you know that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions on average? We set the targets for the new year ahead of every January. Just in February to give up. That’s why the best month to enter the gym is February… when it’s empty. Why, then, are we still riding a mad merry-go-round of meaningless New Year’s resolutions? Can we free ourselves from this omnipresent mentality when it comes to our New Year goals? I think so. Here are some thoughtful new year’s resolution ideas for 2020, which you can actually maintain.
New Year’s Resolution That People Actually Break
People make (and then break) the most popular New Year resolutions
- Lose Weight
- Get in Shape
- Stop Smoking
- Quit Drinking Alcohol
- Eat Healthier
- Get Out of Debt
- Get Organized
Sound Familiar? In the past, we have all at least made/quit one of these resolutions.
Setting goals and deadlines will help keep us focused and involved. Sadly, by having grandiose unrealistic goals for yourself, it’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of New Year’s.
We were all wrong when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Here’s why.
- Our goals are often unreasonable (hence impossible to achieve)
- We set too many goals for ourselves all at once (instead of concentrating on one at a time)
- We seek to go “cold turkey” on our old habits
- Always, we fail to realize that new habits take time to develop (at least 66 consecutive days to be accurate)
- We see January 1st as our only starting date instead of understanding that every single day offers something different.
New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2020
1. Start Small
Instead of vowing to lose 50 pounds for the end of the year, pledge today to be more involved than you were yesterday. This will look different for everyone, depending on your fitness level.
The goal here is to slowly build a new habit until it becomes second nature.
At the same time, try to focus on a new habit. After all. You can do anything, but not all.
2. Be Consistent
It may take up to 60 consecutive days for a new habit to develop. Fortunately, in this statistic, there is room for error. You lose a day or two here and your mojo is unlikely to be thrown away.
Yet think about it. How many times have you just begun an exercise program (for whatever reason) to stop? Doesn’t it seem like it’s ten times more complicated the second time around when you try to pick it up again?
That’s why it pays to be consistent as you try to form a new habit.
3. Forgive Yourself
If you experience setbacks (and you will), don’t waste any needless time focusing on them. Beating up for your perceived failures won’t help you to succeed.
Get up, dust off, and get back on the proverbial horse. If it helps, you can even say loudly to yourself, “I forgive you.”
4. Start Over
Imagine that each day is January 1st, rather than seeing resolutions as an annual phenomenon. Let every day be a new start to the lighter, healthier, more structured life than you imagine you are living.
And don’t forget …
It’s a wise man who understands a new beginning every day, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know you, but I’m doing a lot. You can’t turn back the clock, so you need to look ahead.
5. Remember Your Reasons
It is important to remember your “why” when you decide to make a change for the better. For example, if your aim is to lose weight, your “why” list could look like this:
- Spend more energy with your loved ones
- Reducing medicines / solving health problems
- Look amazing in this little black dress
6. Set New Financial Goals
Be frugal, think before spending a penny, ask yourself, “will this add value to your life… Is this a much-needed target this year to get rid of financial debt.
Purpose short-term savings goals by RD’s, FD’s and Mutual Funds so that monthly installment is automatically withdrawn from your account in a calculated manner. Open your child’s bank account for his or her name.
These are some thoughtful new year’s resolution ideas for 2020, which you can actually maintain.
May this coming year be a blessing for you, and you will honor all the promises you make in 2020. All the best for the next year and I wish you a happy 2020.
If this year it’s not working, don’t worry. Next year is always there?
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