New Year’s Resolutions 2011

December 30, 2010

Over the years, people from all over the world have held on to the tradition of celebrating the New Year as an opportunity for new beginnings. After reflecting on things that have happened the previous year, they make resolutions to change bad habits and improve themselves to have a better year ahead.

According to 43things.com, below are some the most popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2011.

1. Lose weight
2. Be happy
3. Save money
4. Fall in love
5. Get a job
6. Read more
7. Quit Smoking
8. Run a marathon
9. Eat, drink, learn, or try something new
10. Move out

Celebrities and other famous personalities are not excluded from this custom. According to an interview by GMA News, President Noynoy Aquino himself has a resolution: to be more fit. “Kung meron pang paraan na madagdagan pa ang ginagawa natin, sana mahanap natin ang lakas para magawa yun. To that extent magkakaroon na tayo ng exercise regimen rin na mas sa regular, I’m taking up biking,” he said.

Of course, it takes more than simply listing down our resolutions to accomplish our desired changes; it takes perseverance and commitment. Lia Steakly Dicker, editor of the 43 Things Book: Dream It. List It. Do It. How to live a Bigger & Bolder Life gave some tips on how to make resolutions that you can easily stick with.

1. Be deliberate – Resist the urge to impulsively make pledges for the upcoming year based on what’s bothering you at a specific moment. Spend a week, or longer, evaluating your priorities for the new year and think about how your resolution fits with these objectives. This is a great conversation to have with a friend, “Could you see me doing this goal, this year?”.

2. Leave the past behind – Refrain from adopting old resolutions to prevent past regrets from following you into the future. Instead, redefine failed goals. If “lose weight” didn’t work last year, consider the new approaches of “eat healthier” or “exercise five days a week”.

3. Stay positive – Swearing off bad habits such as “I will never bite my nails again” only emphasizes the forbidden behavior. For better results, cast resolutions in a flattering light and vow to “Take better care of my hands and nails”.

4. Shorten the deadline – Recent research found 80 percent of people don’t keep their resolution past Valentine’s Day. Maintain yours until July 1 and you will have accomplished more than most. We’re betting the buzz you get from successfully making reaching the six-month mark will carry you the rest of the year.

5. Define the obstacles – Acknowledging and preparing for the challenges upfront allows you to better navigate bumps in the road ahead.

6. Go public with your plans – Telling others about your goals helps you in a couple of ways. Writing the goals down and sharing them with others can increase your sense of responsibility to meet your objectives. It also gives others insight into what you are trying to accomplish and opens new doors for support.

Sources: 43 Things, GMANews.tv

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