I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
If you have a habit of setting resolutions at the beginning of the year then abandoning them a few days later, now is your chance to try something different. Imagine how the course of your life could change for the better if you follow through on your resolutions until you achieve your goals.
Change your thinking. It’s possible to overcome your habit of giving up on new year’s resolutions with a few essential tips. Above all else, avoid regarding your resolutions as something to aspire to, then forgetting them when they no longer seem pertinent or interesting. New year’s resolutions can be incredibly enriching and self-improving if you find a way to maintain them throughout the year.
Here are some steps for keeping your resolutions:
1. Make a commitment
You must be willing to make a strong commitment to change your resolutions to be successful. Believe that you can and will accomplish what you set out to do. If you give yourself unwavering support, you’ll bolster the belief and achieve what you seek. Choose new year resolutions that you genuinely want to achieve. Make positive resolutions and focus on the positive aspects of achieving them. Tell everyone you know about your resolutions. When everyone knows what you’re setting out to achieve, they can help hold you accountable. Plan ahead rather than choosing your resolutions at the very last moment. The longer you spend planning and preparing, the keeping your resolutions will prove to be that much easier.
2. Have realistic expectations
Continued motivation is the key to achieving your goals. If you set the bar too high, you set yourself up for failure, which can be profoundly demotivating for you. Aim realistically rather than too high. Give yourself a challenge, but not so much of a challenge that you end up setting yourself up for inevitable failure. If you plan on setting similar resolutions as last year, but they didn’t work last time, then determine why to avoid a repeat performance.
3. Write down your goals
When you put your resolutions into writing, you make them real; you put your commitment down on paper. Put your goals where you can see them in written form, so you won’t forget what you’re setting out to achieve this year.
4. Plan out your goals
Articulating what you intend to achieve this year is a big part of setting resolutions. Planning how to achieve them is an entirely different story, however. Write down a plan for each resolution you want to achieve, rather than merely hoping for the best.
5. Give your goals flexibility
Not everything will work out precisely the way you planned, so be flexible in the goals you set. Avoid allowing rigid resolutions to throw you off track if something doesn’t go quite how you planned it. Try to predict what challenges you may face and create a contingency plan for those challenges, just in case.
Bottom line, keeping resolutions is easier to do when you do a little bit of planning and preparing ahead of time. Like any goal-setting process, the key is to be realistic about your goals and the challenges you may face in achieving them. The more realistic and flexible you are, the more likely you’ll be to achieve your goals.
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I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Follow me on social media @DrHassanRehab.