A New Year’s resolution is a promise we make to ourselves to be better than we were before. A New Year Resolutions generally could be a vow to complete an assignment, alter a habit, or a pledge to start something anew for our own betterment. The dictionary defines a resolution as a “firm decision to do or not do something.”
So why is a New Year resolution never taken seriously? Why we all make and then break them?
Do these resolutions really work? Do we really succeed in them?
No-Not really! A lot of New Year’s resolutions have to do with making new habits or changing existing ones. If your resolutions are around things like eating healthier, exercising more, drinking less, to quit smoking, spending less time in the digital world or any number of other “automatic” behaviours then we are talking about changing existing habits or making new habits.
Because these resolutions are more like our habits, wishes or desires, which are at the back of our mind or part of our lifestyle we hardly try to work towards them and that’s why they rarely produce long lasting changes.
Resolutions are based on willpower, not systems. And we tend to give up on our willpower too soon.
But do we really need to put ourselves in a specific block?
Why make one decision on one particular day to accomplish it in ONE year. Instead, we should make positive choices based on what really matters to us.
With this, thought-THIS Year I am going to try a different practice,the practice of AFFIRMATIONS
An affirmation is a statement of a truth that you want to exist in your life. It is a positive assertion of truth.
Affirmations, in my belief, are far more mentally healthy and much more realistic than a new year’s resolution.”When people self–affirm, they enhance their reasoning process. They have more mental energy to complete tasks after self-affirmation,”
Affirmations gain their power from repetition. The more often you say them, the more they will impact your reality. Affirmations are not a one-time event…say them once and life is perfect. Affirmations are an everyday choice, a choice we make with our thoughts and feelings. The more often you use them, the quicker you will begin to see new opportunities, engage in new healthy behaviours, and feel energised by the direction your life will be taking.
Here are some ways on how to make affirmations:
- Make your affirmations specific. Want to lose weight? Start by taking a 15-minute walk per day. That’s it. Once you can accomplish this daily, you’re ready to take your next baby step.
Want to quit smoking? Start by delaying your first cigarette of the day by 15 minutes. See if you can gradually wean yourself off smoking throughout the work day. Change takes training, it doesn’t happen overnight.
- Adopt the Three Ps: These are the qualities Peak Performers use on a regular basis. • Persistence • Perseverance • Patience
- Dream Big, Start Small: It’s never too late to make changes. You’re held back only by your imagination – so dream big, you only go around once. Begin taking small steps towards accomplishing the changes on your list.
- Keep your affirmations focused and believable, realistic and attainable. Don’t set yourself up for failure: It takes time to give up old habits and replace them with new and healthier habits. Too many people give up if they do not see immediate results. That’s why it’s important to be realistic in setting goals.
- Essentially, it is important to draw a line between your wants and your feelings. The feeling is the focus.
- Make a list of things you want to improve in your life that is the best way to create affirmations in your life.
- Break your goal into a series of time-based steps
- Always state your affirmations in the present tense.
- Give yourself small rewards for achieving your each step
- Always keep your affirmations brief and simple.It’s also a great idea to keep them in a visible place… at your work table, or on the bathroom mirror or your bedside.
Expect to have small setbacks, and don’t make these a reason to give up altogether
Enjoy your affirmations. repeat them, brush them, and whisper them, allow yourself to sweep up in their joy. There is no stress, no timeline, just life. You have infinite possibilities to dream of and build in front of you.
Throughout the year, take the time to make a note of your special achievements and milestones on a slip of paper and store them in a Box.
Come next New Year’s Eve or Day, go through the notes and be sure to pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve done. Once you’ve acknowledged all that you’ve accomplished, you’re in the right mindset to start setting new goals and affirmations for the approaching year.
This year use science to create and stick to your New Year’s affirmations.
My Best wishes for a wonderful New Year indeed!
May it be filled with astonishing treasures, loving associations, great health and new successes!