It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means it’s the season for resolutions. I’ve always been part of the 44% of people who make (and also break) New Year’s resolutions; I’m a big believer in the power of small changes to make us happier.
It's almost new year's Eve, which means it's time to make up your mind. Like 44% of people, I will make (and break) new year's resolutions. I firmly believe that small changes can also bring happiness.
Along the way and especially since I started my resolutions-based happiness project I’ve hit on some strategies for helping myself stick to resolutions.
All the time, especially after I made up my mind to be happy, I found some ways to help me stick to my resolution.
1. Be specific. Don’t resolve to “Make more friends” or “Strengthen friendships”; that’s too vague. To make more friends as part of my happiness project I have several very concrete resolutions like: “Start a group” “Remember birthdays” “Say hello” “Make plans” “Show up” and “No gossip.”
1. Concretization. Don't decide to "make more friends" or "consolidate friendships." it's too vague. As part of the happiness program, my determination to make friends is very specific: "set up a group", "remember other people's birthdays", "say hello", "make a plan", "show up", "don't gossip".
2. Write it down.
2. Write it down.
3. Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head it’s easier to stick to it. I review my Resolutions Chart every night.
3. Review your determination from time to time. It's easier to stick to your resolution if it's "lingering.". I read my "resolution charter" every day.
4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution join or form a like-minded group score yourself on a chart (my method) -- whatever works for you to make yourself feel accountable for success and failure.
4. Establish self accountability system. Tell others about your determination, join or create a "like-minded" group, and rate yourself on a form (my method). Anything that can be held accountable for success and failure.
5. Think big. Maybe you need a big change a big adventure – a trip to a foreign place a break-up a move a new job. Let yourself imagine anything and plan from there.
5. Look long. Maybe you need to have a big change, big adventure - for example: travel to a foreign country, break up, move, new job. Allow yourself to make any imagination and then plan.
6. Think small. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only radical change can make a difference. Just keeping your fridge cleared out could give you a real boost. Look close to home for ways to improve and grow.
6. Focus on small areas. Don't fall into the thinking that only radical change can work. It's also a step forward to clean up the refrigerator. Find ways to improve and grow at home nearby.
7. Ask for help. Why is this so hard? But every time I ask for help I’m amazed at how much easier my task becomes.
7. Ask for help. Why is it so hard? But whenever I ask for help, I'm surprised to find that the task is much easier.