As we settle in to the first few days of the new year, most of you have already been successfully keeping yourselves motivated to achieve that long list of New Year’s resolutions. Whatever those goals may be, you may have already made it clear to yourself that this year is going to be the year of accomplishment!
Until you realize a month later that you can’t do it anymore and you put those goals to a pause and eventually find yourself back to where you started (sounds just like last year, doesn’t it?)
Have no fear! Here are some helpful tips from The Vow of the Ikeda Kayo-Kai by Daisaku Ikeda to help you prevent this from happening again and set 2018 apart from your other years of failed resolutions.
1. Pick an ideal resolution.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew! You have a high chance of success if you take small (realistic) steps towards achieving your goal. The Vow of the Ikeda Kayo-kai is the perfect book to help you get started as it is a book of guidance that encourages and challenges young adults to overcome any problem in life successfully. Having a goal in mind that relates to your needs and what you want to accomplish is the most important step.
2. Create a timeline.
As a part of taking small steps, creating a timeline for yourself not only keeps you on track but can also help you stay organized throughout the year in order to achieve your goals. Daisaku Ikeda discusses that taking small steps, such as taking some time out of your day to meditate, helps deepen inner faith that will help you to succeed in the long run. A timeline acts as an action plan (think of it as an ode to life) and it is important to consider certain aspects that will be the most effective in helping you get one step closer to your goal.
3. Get your besties involved!
Your journey to achieving your goal can have its tough days – fortunately, your friends and family are a big influence and can ultimately help and guide you along your path! Just when you’re ready to throw in the towel and give up, your friends and family can help you stay motivated and inspired for life.
4. Practice positive attitudes.
Every year has its ups and downs, which always seem to occur when you least expect them. Don’t let your down days get the best of you and start practicing ways of releasing stress to stay motivated, whether it’s going out for a run or picking up a new hobby, such as reading books (which we highly recommend). Allow yourself to take a step back and reflect on any situation. As Daisaku Ikeda would say: “Hope transforms pessimism into optimism. Hope is invincible. Hope changes everything.” Remind yourself that this New Year’s resolution is a journey to ultimately become a better you.
5. Not a goal, but a lifestyle.
By taking every step to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, you are not only working towards your goal, but you are practicing ways to maintain a healthier you! Science says that it takes up to one month to form a habit. By slowly applying these changes, this will eventually turn into a healthy lifestyle for you as you are keeping your mind, body, and soul in check. So you can put your worries at ease as long as you remember to practice positive attitudes.