For centuries people have made New Year’s resolution. Something about the start of a new year inspires us to start afresh. We make elaborate statements that this year is going to be different and that we are going to live a better and more positive life. For most of us, a New Year’s resolution is a promise to perform an act of self-improvement or at least do something nice.
New Year’s resolutions are a typical Western tradition in which we resolve to change an undesirable trait or behaviour that coincides with the change in years. The tradition harks back to ancient times when the Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Not much have changed as one of the most common modern resolutions is to pay off our credit card debt in the coming year.
What Resolutions Do We Make?
The most common New Year’s Resolutions involve our health, wealth, and family.
1 – Health
We resolve to be more healthy, both physically and emotionally. We intend to exercise more, stop smoking, lose weight, and spend more time in the outdoors. To take up a new sport or start a hobby is also common goals at this time.
While on the emotional side we want to laugh more and spent more time with people we love. We aim to reduce our stress levels, become more organised, and be less grumpy.
2 – Finances
Another very common group of resolutions involve our financial status; we want to save money, pay off credit card debt (or other), find a better paying job, or simply to do a monthly budget. Improving our educational levels are included here. To improve our grades or to enrol for additional studies or training is a common goal.
3 – Social interactions
The third set of resolutions involves our families and friends. To spend more time with our children, more time at home and less at work, not to work on weekends, make new friends, or even to get engaged and married.
Often we desire all of the above; health, wealth, and better social relations. A common problem is that we simply have too many resolutions.
One of the simplest ways to achieve several of the more common resolutions is to stop smoking. It will instantly improve your health and financial status. We will also have more time for family and friends, and be able to spend more time with the people we love as we don’t have to leave a room to have a cigarette.
Why Do We Fail In Our Resolutions?
The most common reason for failing to fulfil our New Year’s resolutions are that we set unrealistic goals. We are also prone to set too many resolutions.
For many, the goals are too big and cannot be kept track of. Losing weight is difficult to measure and track as we don’t have a clear goal in mind. After a few weeks and several attempts, we lose focus and ultimately let the resolution go. Lose 10 kg over the next 10 weeks following a sensible eating plan is a more achievable and sensible goal.
A large number of us forget about our resolutions during the first week of January as we return from holiday, return to work, and send children back to school or university. By the time things have returned to normal we have given up on our resolve and suppress our feelings of guilt and failure for another year.
How To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution and STOP SMOKING in 2017?
Be SMART about setting your resolution. Follow the steps below and you will stop painlessly, in a safe and secure environment, without climbing the walls, without fighting with your family and colleagues following a time-proven method and programme that has helped thousands of smokers to kick the habit once-and-for-all.
S – Specific
Target a SPECIFIC area for improvement. Do not generalise. Set a simple and SPECIFIC goal that is clearly defined.
- Goal: My goal is to stop smoking cigarettes (or any other nicotine related products, gums, vaping, cigars, etc.)
M – Measurable
Goals must be measurable. Quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- My success will be measured as follows:
- Measurement 1: My last cigarette will be on (or before) 13 February.
- Measurement 2: On Valentine’s Day I will be smoke-free.
A – Assignable
Specify who will do it or who will be involved.
- I will join a Smokenders Programme in January 2017.
- Smokenders will teach me how to stop smoking.
R – Relevant
Confirm that your goal is worthwhile and relevant. What results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
Review your goals, measurements, and resources to confirm that you can and will stop smoking.
- Goal: Smokenders has taught thousands of smokers to stop smoking. ✅
- Measurement: Smokenders has a course starting on 16 January 21 and my last cigarette will be on 13 February. ✅
- Measurement: On Valentine’s Day I will be smoke-free. ✅
- Relevant: Yes, STOPPING SMOKING is a worthwhile goal. Given that I will join Smokenders I can and will stop smoking in 2017. ✅
T – Timely
Track your success against timelines. Check that you are following the time frame that you specified.
- Have I contacted Smokenders in time to join the 16 January course?
- Have I registered for the 16 January course in Cape Town or Johannesburg? I have to register and pay before the course commences.
- Timely: Are you on your way to stop smoking in 2017? YES, YES, YES!
We look forward to hearing from you in 2017.