New Year’s Resolutions

lantern festivalToday is Lantern Festival, the last day of the Chinese New Year.

A new year has begun… For us, Westerners, it’s already 2 months into the new year. For Chinese, the Year of the Goat just started. What were your New Year’s resolutions for this year? Do you still stick to them? Or did you forgot about them already?

According to a study, just 8% of all people that make New Year’s resolutions actual achieve them.

Why is that?

One of the reasons is that many people have a high goal to start with or that they want to achieve too much in short time. When it doesn’t work immediately, they are frustrated and give up. The best way to do is to set small attainable goals as the year goes on and sometimes take count of what you have already achieved. When you see progress, it is easy to stick to it and not give up entirely. When you feel something is too difficult to attain, break it down into smaller steps and take each step as it comes. E.g. if you want to lose 5kg every 3 months, but you feel you can’t do it, try 1kg every month. It will go slower, but the result in the end will be the same. Don’t try to change too much at once as well. Change a few things in your lifestyle every few weeks and the transition will go more smoothly.

Another problem people face is that they are not specific enough. Some New Year’s resolutions might be: I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier, I want to do more exercise. Be more specific about your goals. E.g. I want to lose 10kg, I want to eat at least 2 pieces of fruit every day and only once a week junk food or I want to run at least twice a week. This is more specific and you can set your mind easily on this new goal. If something is vague, it will stay vague, we won’t be able to focus on it directly and it’s easier to forget something that is not fixed in our mind. If it’s specific, it will stick in your head more.

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