Noun: a person or thing regarded as perfect.
Some practical examples of using Prof. Wiseman's recommendations for making our resolutions come to fruition, could be:
- If we are a heavy smoker, it might be impossible for us to go cold turkey, but we could cut down the number of cigarettes a day.
- If we want to do more exercise, maybe instead of setting the alarm earlier, which we will put on snooze and sleep through, park further from work, or at the far end of the shopping centre, so we are forced to walk more. Or have a walking buddy.
- If we use our credit card too often, freeze it in a cup of ice, so when we want to buy something, we have to go home and defrost it – this cuts out impulse buying.
Here are some examples showing the difference between resolutions and goals:
Goal: I will buy one less packet of cigarettes a week.
Resolution: I want to spend less.
Goal: Instead of going to the shops on Saturdays, I will watch a movie or listen to music.
When forming your goals, don't make too many. Start with the ones you really want to achieve. Then:
- Write your goals down and stick them on your fridge or on your mirror, where you can see them everyday,
- Plan how you are going to achieve your goals. If they are practical, this should already be included, but if not, write down your plans. For example, if you want to study, but don't know which course, research, talk to people etc.
- Do your goal. Words scribbled or typed neatly, on a piece of paper, won't do anything if you don't actually put effort into achieving them.
- If you fail, either keep on trying, or change your goal - it's okay. Remain positive.
- Tick off your goals when you have achieved them.
- Celebrate your achievements!
- Make some more. :)