On resolutions: Why less is better

The year is ending. As we all plan to celebrate, secretly we all are thinking about our new year resolution. Not because it matters to us but the amount of likes it might get us on social media is more appealing. For a few of us the list does matter. So we give it a good thought and make a stellar list of items that we wish to achieve in 365 days. Lots of days and a lot can be done we tell ourselves. So we plan to run a marathon, quit smoking, read 200 books, get into business school. The list turns into a huge elephant which simply squashes us to death with its burden. But life is a journey and we don’t need to get it all done in one year. Let’s be honest you will die without fulfilling some of your plans but then you die a happy man accomplishing some or most of it. So here is a simple way to make a new year resolution that you can stick to. Simply divide your resolution into two parts. 
1. Something u want to get rid of: A bad habit; smoking, bad relationships, temperament issues etc.
2. Something you want to achieve: A new habit; running, getting to grad school, starting a new business, getting that online degree.

Any change takes time and effort. Let it be about letting go or acquiring. Giving up smoking is not that easy and no rule of thumb will ensure you can give it up for real. But one year is a good time to try out and see what works for you. Although you will need to stay committed in your efforts all the time. Same goes for building up new habits. You want to add running to list of things you want to do for the rest of your life? Start small, just walk. Gain momentum. Run for five, then ten minutes. Mid year do a half marathon. End the year with a marathon. Shouldn’t be difficult if you stay committed.

In this way within five years you can acquire five new habits and get rid of five bad ones. To be very honest if you make it that far you will have already changed your life in a way you never thought would be possible!