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Easy to Start, Difficult to Sustain!

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On the 1st of January, every year, most of us make many resolutions for upcoming year, thinking that this can be the turning point of our life and this is the perfect time to turn a new page in our life. New Year resolutions involve making lifestyle changes or other important changes. However very few of us are able to achieve these resolutions.Studies say that, the first two weeks of January usually go along beautifully, but by February, people start backsliding and by December, most people are back to where they started. I think, It is very easy to start anything but sustenance is very difficult.
In the last 3-4 years, one of my resolutions was to develop the habit of reading. Every January, I used to read only one book and then I was not able to sustain it.So this year, I did it strategically. I decided to read only one book a month.It was my plan not to overload myself with this goal only.
I followed few steps to accomplish my goal.
1. Declare your goal: It is very important to declare your goal in front of your family members, friends or colleagues. They always remind you of your goal. Sometimes they might laugh at you, but I must say that they are the best reminders in your life.
2. Take small steps: when you decide to do anything new, make a plan of it. Divide the task into small steps.
3. Appreciate yourself: whenever you accomplish anything small related to your goal, give yourself a pat on the back.
4. Quarterly review: this is the most important step of any task if you want to sustain it in the long run. After a while we go back to our usual routine and at times we fail to remember our goals. In those cases, reviews help a lot. It shows us how much we have progressed.
Questions to raise –
a. Where am I now?
b. Where I wanted to be?
c. What is my next step?
I started with a simple book called “Two States” written by an Indian author Chetan Bhagat. It took me two weeks to read it. I felt like I’d truly accomplished something and I started reading books every month.
However in July, August & September my focus shifted to driving and so I was not able to read books in those 3 months.At that time reviewing helped me a lot. I set reminders on my mobile & on my mails on the last week of those three months. In case, I procrastinate, reviewing my status for that day, I allowed myself a few more days. So in October, I refocused on my goal and read the novel of Shiva – trilogy series written by Amish Tripathi.
In this way, I accomplished my goal. Now my New Year resolution is to start writing blogs and I feel writing this article is my first step towards it.