New Delhi, Jan 1, 2017: We have all been in the “New Year New Me” phase at the initiation of every year. We have made resolutions on the occasion of New Year, only to see them falling apart in two weeks or so. But what is it that makes our resolutions crash into the third or fourth week of the new year and having a sad end? And once crashed, our resolutions never resurrect. Why?
Maybe because its not the lack of our willpower or determination to accomplish our goals, maybe its what our goals actually are. But how should one go ahead with the resolutions then? Here are few basic pointers of how to go ahead with the New Year resolutions:
Turn your Resolutions into Questolutions
Resolutions are basically what we want, from ourselves. When we make a resolution, it goes somewhat like this, I will become an avid reader this year. This is where the problem lies. If one is resolving to become an avid reader, he is just claiming that he will read. Gradually, the “will read” becomes a “might read, if time allows” and it ends up being “will start reading from next year.”
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Instead of just resolving to become a reader, one should “questolute” ie. pose questions to oneself like “which books will I read?” or “What part of the day will I devote to reading?”. Your questolutes will have to have a logical and reasonable answer.
Answer your questolutes
When you have a questolution, you will want answer it also! And once you answer it, you will have a fair chance of actually sticking to what you have decided to do. If you want to become a reader, you should answer your questolute as to which books will you read. Make a list of books that you want to read by the end of the year. Once you have a list of books you want to finish reading, you will want to read a book fast and not get stuck on it till the end of the year.
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Why will questolutions be more effective?
Questolutions will be more effective because psychologically they will have a stronger impression on a person’s mind. It will enable a person more to work on their resolutions, thus giving positive results on the resolution front.
NEW DELHI: After getting over from the Christmas celebrations, everyone is looking forward to the New Year and with it comes the urge to revamp our lives. We tend to bury our sins and bad habits in the passing year and brace our self for a much better tomorrow.
New Year brings a kind of hope for each one of us where we assess ourselves and come out with something meticulous and meaningful.
The choice of plan in order to achieve our aim may vary from individual to individual but the agenda remains the same that is to improve ourselves from what we were.
Some people come out to tread on their aspirations with full force and some crumbles down due to lack of their dedication and commitment. Following are the most common type of resolutions that is been picked up by many of us:
With the ever-increasing work stress and unhealthy living, to stay in shape has become a big deal. Hitting gym has become a trend nowadays and people are ready to pay big bucks to their trainers. But being healthy is not that hard and can be attained by including healthy diet chart, regular exercise, meditation and staying away from any kind of health-related issues.
The more you stay healthier, the better productivity you can churn out at your workplace. So, the simple mantra is to stick with your basics and follow it wholeheartedly. It is always easy to start on any exercise plan but the trick is to find something which you can adapt to.
Learning any new skill
Wasting time on smartphones and laptops has started taking a toll on our health and life more vigorously. To catch up something sensible has become the need of the hour. Studies have proved that taking any hobby can lower your stress levels, improves concentration and boosts your brain power.
So, one can take up anything like learning a new instrument, improving communication skills, acquiring any kind of sports skill etc. Such activities will help you to negate the hard days of the coming year and will help you to perform better.
The issue of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980’s and is responsible for fifth leading risk for global deaths. So the side effects of being obese are not easy to handle, especially when it is a major cause of concern among youngsters. As per the report of a survey done in 2011, more than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight and found to be unhealthy.
Leaving behind our unhealthy eating habits can be counted as a New Year resolution for many of us.
Smoking is one of the habits that are very hard to quit. Thus, the beginning of New Year turns out to be the best platform to stay away from it and infuses you with a sense of determination to negate such a habit. It’s no hidden fact that smoking causes cancer and causes other health issues.
Smoking can also burn a hole in your pocket as well and make you dependent on it very easily. So, to leave smoking will be a good resolution for New Year.
According to the WHO report, the harmful use of alcohol results in 3.3 million global deaths each year and on average, every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year. So, if we go by figures then anyone can clearly see the destructive consequences of such a habit.
Although, drinking alcohol in a controlled manner is not at all harmful and even sometimes advisable by the doctors for medical purposes. But in many cases, drinking alcohol is directly related to the abuse of drugs also. Thus, leaving behind such a habit will only help you to evolve as a better person.
Spending more time with family
At such a nerve wrecking speed of life, taking out time for our family members have become a herculean task for many of us. Reportedly, people spend months and months away from their home and family due to their personal commitments. But this practice surely secludes you from the mental harmony and peace.
So to take out some quality time for your dear ones will surely matter for each one of us.
Travel to new places
Freezing at a place for long spells makes us less productive and take us away from new experiences and adventures of life.
Planning a vacation at any serene place will let you take a break from your daily dull routine and infuse you with much-needed zeal. It also gives you an opportunity to dig into new cultures and lifestyles.
Many of us have volcanoes of stories buried deep inside our soul and crave badly to come out in the open. But lack of confidence and opportunity pushes us away from telling it to somebody. To counter such an issue, we can rely on diary writing on a daily basis.
It would be a good idea if we out down everything that we experience every day in a diary and make it a habit to write at least a word in it. This will inspire us to be more self-reliant and optimistic.
Extending help to others
Humans being a social animal need the empathy and support of his colleagues in order to survive in this indifferent world. We can make our society a much better place to live by helping people and by reinforcing their trust in humanity.
The help can be extended in many different ways like sharing of knowledge, resources, opportunities etc. Barack Obama once said, “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
Being more positive
Having an open and positive attitude makes you more resilient and open up a lot of new opportunities on your way. Being positive can take you to places and will fill you with added confidence that will ultimately shape you into a successful person.
Thus, we should prepare ourselves to greet the New Year with a smile and commits to staying positive, no matter what.