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8 tips for really achieving your resolutions

8 tips for really achieving your resolutions

European Business Listicle 03/2019

We all know the drill: You get your resolutions ready at the beginning of the new year. Time and again, you promise yourself that your resolutions will work out. So that they don’t fall through this time, we have 8 tips for you on how to realize your resolutions.

1. Define subgoals

Instead of setting a large goal, set smaller subgoals for yourself. Keep your big goal in mind, though. For instance, if you want to get more exercise, start with a unit of, say, 15 minutes a day and increase slowly by raising your activity from time to time and going to 30 minutes and then 45. Small subgoals are much more motivating and faster to reach than large goals.

2. Find a buddy

Look for a buddy. It’s much more fun to work towards a goal with a partner or in a group. It’s a lot easier to get up and go when you know you’re not fighting alone. You can motivate each other and talk about your successes and failings.

3. Reward yourself

Once you have reached and successfully achieved a small subgoal, you can be proud of yourself. Reward yourself. Meet friends for the movies, take a wellness trip or have a nice night out.

4. Write down your resolutions

Make a list of your resolutions. Write a bucket list of the things that you’ve always wanted to do or experience. When you write down your dreams, you strive towards positive things. You usually achieve these goals much faster because you’re motivated.

5. Don’t procrastinate

To make your resolutions achievable, you should define them precisely and set in what time you want to have achieved which goal. Write these goals down so that you have an eye on them and don’t even think about putting them off. Start working towards them within 72 hours and don’t put anything off.

6. Accept failings

Not every resolution can be achieved as easily as you had planned. That’s perfectly normal; don’t despair. It’s important to accept failings and not let yourself be discouraged. You can learn something from every setback because a setback doesn’t mean the end. It’s just a minor detour. Keep your goals in mind and just do certain things differently the next time.

7. Let others know

When you inform others of your plans, you can hope for their support. Should you hit a low point, you can count on your confidants to help you out of that hole and give you a boost of motivation.

8. Make your goals measurable

In particular in the economy, people know about formulating their goals according to the SMART model. (SMART: specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-oriented) It’s easy to set measurable goals especially in the topics of health and nutrition. You can decide how much weight you want to lose or how often and how long you want to exercise. Measurability gives your goal a number, and you have something you can work on and towards.

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