My New Year resolution this year is to accomplish the resolution I took last year to follow it when I took it the year before.
– Me every year
You all would have taken a new year resolution every year and like how the tradition goes, would have not even followed it for more than 6 months. Obviously, since it was a season thing. You know the season has arrived when everyone around you is talking about their resolutions, posting updates on their social media and adding to their status from time to time. The season is over when they stop getting likes, comments and shares since they stop posting at all and you know they have enjoyed the season to their full and now have taken a break until next year.
The whole resolution thing now sounds ridiculous and we don’t even trust or motivate people who truly want to accomplish it. They are those people whom P.K forgot to take back to their planet with him.
And let’s admit it, most of the time the resolutions are not even practical. I mean, a girl in her teens taking a resolution to not eat chocolate the whole year or a 104 kg man taking a resolution to lose 50 kgs in 2 months. I actually thought of writing an article on this when I randomly came across this meme on the internet
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I’m sure you all would have taken some funny or crazy resolution. I’m not telling that none of you would have accomplished it. Of course there are exceptions (remember that even Dettol does not kill 100% germs).
That does not mean you do not try at all. You still should take those resolutions however impossible it sounds. You do not know your limits until you try. Want some ideas? Here you go: https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-interests/festive-health-fitness/article/10-unusual-new-years-resolutions/
Researchers have actually taken out time to find out why people fail with their resolutions. I mean you guys surely would have many better and important things to research on. They have looked at success rates of peoples’ resolutions: The first two weeks usually go along beautifully, but by February people are backsliding. And by the following December, most people are back where they started—often even further behind.
Why do so many people not keep their resolutions? Let me tell you what I noticed:
- Why change?
No one can beat us Indians when it comes to talking about change. We make the heroic decision to change the system, the society, the people, the situations etc. but we all know how much we implement that thought. Sorry Bapu, we still don’t understand your message to be the change you want to see in the world. Why take so much effort when you can happily lie on the sofa and keep tweeting our problems!
- Fantasies over reality always
There are two worlds: the real world and the fantasy world. We all live in our own fantasy world. Dreams and desires and of course, imaginary situations. Don’t worry, even I do that. No. that does not mean that I will wait for a prince charming on a white horse.
It is quite understandable that we fail to separate the two worlds. This is why we bring the dreams of the fantasy land into the real world and take up unrealistic goals. That’s just like Shahrukh Khan deciding to reduce his smoking (no offence to him and to tell you he is my most favourite actor).
- False-hope syndrome
Our impractical goals and resolutions lead us to be in a false-hope syndrome. We give ourselves false hopes and positive affirmations which you yourself are not confident of fulfilling. They definitely won’t work just like some magic and you end up becoming under-confident and depressed. You get discouraged and chuck the whole plan since you know that it won’t work anyways.
Here’s how you can stay motivated on the path:
- Focus on one resolution, rather a several and set realistic, specific goals. Just losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 10 pounds in 90 days would be one.
- Don’t wait till New Year’s Eve to make resolutions. Make it a year-long process; every day is your new year.
- Take small steps. You don’t have to unnecessarily put in too much effort and action all at once. You cannot become Aishwarya Rai in one day.
- Have that one chuddy buddy, who will help you stay motivated.
- Celebrate small milestones. Have those cheat days and treat yourself to something good. Don’t wait for the goal to be completed and then celebrate when you’re worn out and tired.
- Focus on the present and do small things that will contribute to your larger picture. Every drop counts.Be mindful rather than living in the past or future.
- And finally, don’t take yourself so seriously. Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip, but don’t let the slip hold you back from working at your goal.
After all, winners are losers who tried one more time.
To sign off, I want to share a tasty recipe with you.
A happy new year recipe for happiness
- Take 12 whole months. Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy. Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
- Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 different parts but don’t make the whole batch at once.
- Prepare it 1 day at a time out of these ingredients.
- Mix well into each day one part of faith, patience, courage and one part of work.
- Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cup of humour.
- Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
- Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile.
- You are now ready to serve it with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness.
- Hope you all have a happy new year. All the best and do shower us the same love even next year.