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According to research, people usually give up on their New Year's resolutions by the second Friday. Most fail because how well you can embrace change directly impacts how well you stick to your resolutions. But change is always seen negatively. What could be the cause of it? Is there a habit that makes it difficult to incorporate or is it just uncomfortable?
Here's how to navigate the uncomfortable changes and difficulties:
Focus on the process
Every 1st January, we make a list of resolutions to follow but rarely keep up. One of the main reasons we fail at it is because we focus on the results rather than the process. One needs to embrace the change process rather than the change outcome itself. We can enjoy the process of change when it’s gradual as adapting to the change becomes easier and comfortable.
Understand the reason
The more internally driven goals help us to stick around for the entire year rather than giving up after a week or 15 days. E.g. If losing weight is one of the resolutions, ask yourself the main reason behind it. Try to identify the plan and analyse your weight loss process before trying out random diets.
Embrace the fear
Another important component that inhibits us from embracing change is fear. Uncertainty has been a fundamental part of our lives. Instead of getting anxious or pushing thoughts away while working on these resolutions can impact us more in a negative manner. It’s crucial to accept them as a process. One needs to identify and embrace these changes and emotions along the way.
Also, while embracing it, one needs to inculcate the habit of maintaining the change. It could include aspects such as effort, consistency and discipline towards making the change stick on for the long term.
Do not compare
While making resolutions, one must avoid comparing them with the past. Working towards “I wish things go back the way they were” can set unrealistic expectations, and constantly reminding yourself of the past can do more harm than good and can be very unproductive or disheartening. One needs to understand that change rarely works in reverse mode.
Invest in the change
Lastly, start investing in change. Change doesn’t happen overnight. One needs to be aware that it is a gradual process. These investments can be materialistic such as buying necessary equipment for maintaining the change, as well as non -materialistic investments, such as time.
As this new year begins, don’t get intimidated by the idea of change and let’s embrace a better and happier you.