They have promises to keep...

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They have promises to keep...

 MOTIVATING Friends can inspire in pursuing an activity.But over time, the New Year has also become infamous for the number of broken resolutions. While it is human nature to make promises, many plans are made and broken in the first month of every year. Some of the most common resolutions that people make every year are related to weight loss, exercise, picking up a new hobby or getting rid of some bad habits. But as good the intentions may be, somehow no one is able to hold on to them for more than a few weeks, let alone months. Metrolife finds out why most people go wrong when it comes to keeping resolutions intact and what are the ways in which one can keep them.

One of the biggest mistakes most people make is hoping that the New Year will bring a sea change in their behaviour. “If there is something you really want to do, then just start with it tomorrow. Waiting for the first day of January just makes you lazy,” says Kavita, a student of fashion design. Others say waiting for the New Year to begin is nothing more than just a waste of time. “One year is equal to 365 days. So count your days and start working on your resolution as soon as possible,” says Abhishek Sharma, a marketing professional. “But most people prefer to start from January 1 because they feel it is lucky,” he adds.

Announcing the resolution to your friends can make quitting a tad bit more difficult. “Involving friends or family is a good way of keeping a resolution. They can push you towards your goal on the days you feel low,” says Jomon Philipose, an IT professional. Others agree. “A good idea is to have a friend involved in the activity. I want to exercise regularly so I plan to work out with my roommate. We can wake each other up in the morning,” says Namrata, a student.

If inward motivation doesn’t work, one can look for some external incentives to get the job done.

“I think the best way is to have short term goals. Reward yourself once you meet them,” says Aditya, a lecturer. And, if you are still not able to keep up, there is no need to sulk over it. After all, promises are made to be broken.

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