As you probably know, making a New Year’s resolution is easy, keeping it…well, that’s where things get difficult. A recent study found that 80% of New Year’s resolutions are toast by mid-February, and since it is now mid-January, we here at MagicKitchen.com thought we’d help you become one of the 20% who carry their resolution through February and beyond. If you recall, just a few short weeks ago I wrote a post that dealt with creating resolutions that were both specific and achievable. So let’s follow that up with one dedicated to keeping that resolution through the winter doldrums and beyond.
Use your friends and family – Come on, you know you use them all the time already! I mean, that’s what they’re there for, right…to be used and manipulated to help you get what you want. Go public with your resolution, unless it’s of a really personal nature, like…never mind, I won’t gross you out with examples. After you’ve publicized your resolution, give your friends, family, co-workers, Uber driver, whoever, free rein to harass, harangue and help you stay on the straight and narrow. Tell them to slap that donut or cigarette out of your hand, or chase you around with a cattle prod to get you exercising, or give you money for staying off the Twitter machine. You get the idea.
Accept small failures – Remember, losing a battle does not mean you’ve lost the war (I think that’s from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War…no, not really). Look, you’re going to, occasionally, stuff a bear claw in your face, or direct some anger transference towards your kids (I think that’s from Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams…but I doubt it). Please, just accept those little transgressions and use them to strengthen your resolve moving FORWARD…always look forward, not back. As long as you’re making progress over the course of a long year, that’s what is important.
There’s an app for that – No, not an appetizer, especially if you’re trying to eat healthier over the new year, but a smart phone application, and many of them are resolution specific. Three apps that are more general in nature are Strides, Resolutions, and HabitBull.
Strides is a free app that allows you to create goals, track your habits, set reminders and keep up a specific pace. Resolutions, an Android app, informs you when you last worked out, or had your last smoke, or deposited money in your savings account, etc. It also has various home screen widgets that help you track your progress and act as reminders. It also awards virtual “trophies” for milestones achieved.
Lastly, HabitBull tracks your habits, good or bad…it’s all relative. It assists you in either breaking a bad habit or beginning a good one with reminders, a streaks calendar, and motivational quotes. It also tracks your progress in the form of graphs and has a built-in discussion forum. The free version allows you to track up to five habits while you can track up 100 with the premium version.
“Know thyself “(I think that’s a quote from ancient Greece or Egypt…no, seriously). Wherever the quote came from, use it to do whatever YOU require to maintain your resolution over the course of twelve long months and beyond. You should know what motivates you best, if not, take a moment, think about it and list the things you’re motivated by. Then use them to create a plan that involves, friends and family, acceptance of small failures, and apps, or all three. Good luck.