Happy New Year! I am back!
Today I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions. Do they actually work? Let’s take a closer look at this topic.
We know that writing our resolutions for the year that is starting is a tradition that comes from centuries ago. But do setting these resolutions actually work?
You might also know that we don’t always keep all our resolutions, maybe not even one of them. But that could be because we are not setting the right resolutions.
For resolutions to work better, they should be achievable. It isn’t the same to say, “I want to lose five pounds each month” as if we say “I want to lose one pound per month.” The second resolution is more achievable because it is easier to keep.
Another famous resolution is to save money each month. We can do it if we set an amount that actually works for us. We can’t commit to saving $500 per month when it takes a big chunk of our monthly income. Saving $100 might be a better option.
Something more in the translation field, many translators set resolutions like, “I will bring 10 new clients per month.” A nice one but most likely we won’t be able to keep it up. If we can bring one new client per month, it is still a great achievement and it is a goal that we can actually work with.
If we set goals that are too big or difficult we won’t be able to achieve them, which will make us feel bad for not keeping them.
Also, if we set too many resolutions, we won’t be able to keep them all. It is better to set a small list so we can make sure that we can keep them.
And don’t worry, according to some studies, only two out of 10 people actually keep and complete all their resolutions in a year’s time. That means that eight people give up halfway there. It is okay to give up if you are working with resolutions that are just impossible to keep.
If you want to be one of those two people who actually accomplish their list, make sure that you set realistic goals in a realistic period of time.
So, are you the kind of person who sets resolutions or do you prefer to go without them through the year? Let me know in the comments what your experience has been like, I’d love to hear from you!
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Until next time, take care and stay safe!