As someone who has repeat New Year’s resolutions goals, I’m here to tell you, it’s perfectly okay to be a repeat New Year’s resolution maker. This might happen because sometimes we might create goals that may be difficult to achieve due to life circumstances out of our control or the overall goal could have been too much to handle at once and burned out. Whatever the cause, don’t let the lack of accomplishment bring you down. Instead, end the year reflecting on the progress that was made and not just the goal itself. Doing so it also helps us stay accountable and give you the opportunity to break down your goal into smaller parts thereby providing you with a more achievable timeline.
Once your goals are broken down into smaller parts, look at what habits will help complete your journey. Creating habits is an important part of achieving goals, as it allows us to perform actions consistently until they become second nature. The science around the habit-forming process involves identifying cues in our environment that trigger certain behaviors, deciding on a routine or habit we want to create, and providing rewards for completing the habit. It can take up to 66 days for a behavior to become a habit, so patience and perseverance is key. But don’t get discouraged; just keep repeating your new behavior until it becomes second nature.
What is The Process of Creating New Habits
Habits are behaviors that we repeat regularly, usually without thinking about them. They can be both positive and negative, but most of us want to form more positive habits in our lives. The good news is that forming new habits isn’t as hard as it may seem. By understanding the science behind how habits are formed, you can make small changes over time that will lead to lasting results.
Creating new habits is a process that requires patience and dedication. The first step to creating a new habit is to identify the cue that will trigger the desired behavior. This could be something like an alarm clock reminding you to wake up early or drinking a cup of coffee every morning as your cue for starting work on your project. It’s important to make sure these cues are consistent and easily recognizable in order to give yourself the best chance of success.
Once the initial cue has been established, it’s time to create a routine around that behavior. This could be something like setting aside time each day for working on your goal or waking up at the same time each morning in order to make progress towards achieving it. Consistency is key when forming routines. Once a pattern has been established, it becomes much easier over time to stick with it.
The last step in creating new habits is providing rewards for completing tasks or milestones along the way. Rewards don’t need to be costly. It could be something as simple as taking 10 minutes out of your day for leisure activities or reciting some positive affirmations after each task. Rewarding yourself helps motivate you and increases your chances of success by keeping you accountable and focused on your goal.
Remember Your Habit Rewards
Aside from simply rewarding yourself, there are other ways to increase motivation. When creating new habits it helps to track progress, enlist friends and family support, break down larger goals into smaller chunks, and remaining positive when obstacles arise. Understanding how our minds work can also help us stay focused and reduce distractions while striving towards our goals. Finally, don’t forget to celebrate even small wins along the way. This can help boost morale and remind us why we set out on this journey in the first place.
Creating new habits isn’t easy but with dedication and consistency, it is possible to achieve success. By understanding our goals, breaking them down into manageable tasks, identifying cues that will trigger those tasks, forming consistent routines around them, providing rewards for each milestone achieved, tracking progress over time, enlisting support from friends/family members, staying positive even when faced with obstacles and celebrating successes along the way – we can increase our chances of reaching our desired outcome.
Three Reasons Why Being A Repeat Resolution Maker Is Okay
First things first, don’t be embarrassed. Secondly, don’t give up on your goals too soon. Like Aaliyah famously sang, “if at first, you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again”. Remember, with every failed attempt at doing something, you’ve gained knowledge. You’ll find that after acknowledging where you went wrong, you’ll be more equipped and motivated to get it right. Maybe you learned your boundaries or how to stay focused. Your tried-and-true approach might have failed, so you learned a new approach. Also, and this is the most important, not every goal will come true overnight. Some take months or even years to achieve.
Another reason why it’s okay to be a repeat resolution maker is personal growth. Personal growth is an important part of life and one that should not be taken for granted. It involves taking the time to reflect on our lives, identify areas of improvement or development, set goals to help us progress in those areas, and then take actionable steps towards achieving them. Through this process, we can become better versions of ourselves – happier, healthier, more successful, and fulfilled individuals. Growing personally helps us to build meaningful relationships with others as well as make positive changes in our day-to-day lives.
Lastly, don’t focus on opinions that judge you for being a repeat resolution maker. It’s easy to get caught up in the opinions of others. From family members and friends to strangers on the street or online, it can be difficult not to take their words into consideration. But when it comes down to it, you are the only one who knows what is best for your life. Taking constructive advice from those around us is important but we shouldn’t let negative opinions keep us from achieving our goals. Ever.
Reaching a goal is rewarding. Reaching a goal after many failed attempts is even more rewarding.
Sticking to New Year resolutions throughout the years can be difficult and require a great deal of dedication. Make sure you stay positive, create action plans, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. With patience, determination, and hard work anything is achievable! Happy New Year! Let’s make this year the year of success!
*Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in Jan 2018 and has been revamped and updated for comprehensiveness.
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