We all know right? Don’t tell me that you do not fail in turning your resolutions into reality. We all have failed.
Each year we decided to achieve new things and surpass our set milestones only in vein. Only a few of us can turn them into realities or only a few of the resolutions are fulfilled. So, exactly what makes us fail? How can we turn our resolutions into realities? We from Comfort Keepers Silicon Valley tried to find an answer!
The major reason behind our failure is the urge to give in to the pleasure principle. No matter what your resolutions are for this year, be it trying to lose weight or controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure levels, the most persistent obstacle in the way is the brain’s addiction to dopamine that gets released whenever we give in to anything that is pleasant or happy. Be it that much-resisted cupcake or the urge to sulk in the couch instead of hitting the gym.
However, the one thing that stands guard against this danger factor is your will power. Only through strengthening your willpower you can turn each and every one of your resolutions into reality.
Here are 5 things you can do to strengthen your willpower and achieve your goals:
Willpower Is Just Like a Muscle
As your muscles grow and become stronger with muscle strengthening exercises so does your willpower. So, exercise your willpower with little things like trying not cry while watching a sad movie or holding onto a grip strengthener for as long as you can twice a day or deliberately staying away from things that you feel like doing. And gradually your willpower will become stronger.
Make Small Changes
Another way of gradually having a strong will and steer towards your goals is to start with little things and continue step by step. For example, setting a massive goal of losing 10 pounds is less likely to work than fixing to spend ten minutes more in the gym or not eating that extra piece of cupcake a day. So, whatever be your resolution, break it down to step by step small bits and milestones. Besides, in this way, as you complete each step, you will get extra motivational push to continue further.
Find Your Happy Things
On the way to your goals, there will be times when you will feel down or exhausted and you will feel like giving up on your goals. But in those moments if you can manage to do the things that make you happy then after some time you will see that your mood is refreshed and your willpower is strong again. So, try to find out the things that make you happy. It can be watching a funny movie, browsing through old photographs or just going out for a walk.
Make a List of Your Achievements
Another thing that you can do to give a solid boost to your willpower is to make a list of all the great things that you have done in your life. Things that required determination and perseverance. And whenever you feel like you cannot achieve your goals go through the list. You will see that you have achieved even greater things than what you are struggling with now.
Make It Visual
Our primitive pleasure center in the brain is most responsive to visual impulses. So, write down your goals on paper and keep it in visual range. Or even better if you can keep a visual representation of your goal around you, like a picture of a slimmer you or a picture of a holiday destination, to reinforce your will of staying on your diet or saving for the vacation you are planning to have this year.
So, hopefully, from this year, you will not fall short in fulfilling your New Year resolutions anymore! Start practicing these strategies and keep growing your will power to achieve any goal that you set for yourself.