New Year resolutions are fun to make but difficult to maintain. Since the execution is often tough, our commitment fizzles out after a week or a month. To identify some of the more popular resolutions and how many manage to keep them, we conducted a week-long survey on The Express Tribune website. Here are the results along with tips to help you stick to your goal.
Limit yourself to one goal
Instead of making a long list of resolutions, just make one resolution that means the most to you. Chances of success will be greater when you focus on one and dedicate all your energy towards it.
Keep yourself motivated
Engage yourself in fun activities or anything that puts you in a good mood as thinking too much about meeting your goal may affect your willpower. Reward yourself for being consistent and be proud of yourself for being disciplined.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Instead of aiming for perfection, try to focus on improving yourself slowly and gradually. By taking small steps, you can eventually get towards what you want. The trick is to never give up and learn from your mistakes.
Ask for support
Often, people around you can give great advice and help you in ways you would have never imagined. Hence, accept help from those who are close to you so they can guide you by drawing on their own experience.
Don’t set yourself unrealistic expectations as that will only disappoint you in the end. Strive for a goal that is attainable as you are more likely to stick with it for a longer duration.
Komal Anwar is a subeditor at The Express Tribune’s magazine desk. She tweets @Komal1201
Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, December 27th, 2015.