Keep up with your New Year’s resolutions

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Are you making a New Year’s resolution this year? Here are some tips that can help you stay on track and keep your goals all year long, including lose weight, stay fit and healthy, quit smoking and spend time with family.

If you find yourself repeating the same resolutions again this year, however, the first and foremost thing on the list should probably be sticking to your resolutions. More importantly, you should think of the reasons why you fail each year and come up with something that is more practical this time.

To begin with, analyze your goals and take reality into account. Sometimes you might get caught in a blind spot that leads you to set an impractical goal, such as “lose five kilos a month.” You should carefully examine your character and try to understand possible factors that can cause incompletion of a certain objective.

After you know your weak points, picture a blueprint of your life or what you want to achieve. Once you have the big picture, you should look back and see how you can get to that point. Still, you need to be careful with ideal and abstract goals, not that they are bad, but reaching them will need other assistance. A useful way to generate concrete resolutions is to figure out “what roles you and your loved ones will play.”

The next step is to schedule your plans and leave 30 minutes to an hour at the end of the week for self-retrospection. After all, most people often don’t complete their New Year resolutions because after the day they make the list, they gradually forget about it. Having step-by-step plans and taking time to rest your mind for reflection are, therefore, important.

Today is the first day of 2019, so instead of setting unpractical goals, leave some time for yourself and look back on 2017. Carefully ask yourself and see how you can organize your schedule with concrete actions so that you can proudly say how much you’ve changed by the end of this year.

The China Post staff