Dreaming of an Auto Repair Career? 3 Tips for Sticking to Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but a whole lot harder to keep. In fact, after one week a quarter of all resolutions are broken and by the end of the year a whopping 90% have been abandoned. Yet 10% of people do somehow manage to keep their resolutions. What do these select few have that the rest of us seemingly lack? Is it extra motivation? Lots of free time? Magic?
In fact, they are able to succeed where so many others fail because they make small but important changes in the ways they think and act. To help you make 2019 the year you turn your dream of an auto repair career into a reality, we recommend the following three tips.
Stop Thinking of Your Resolution as a Punishment and Just Enjoy It
Too often we think of resolutions as a form of temporary punishment in order to achieve a long-term goal. For example, we might not particularly like going to the gym every day, but we tell ourselves we must stick with it because in 6 months we’ll look better and feel healthier. The problem, however, is that it is much easier to give into short-term gratification than to hold out for long-term gains.
People who succeed at their resolutions do so because they don’t focus on the long-term goal, but on what makes their resolution gratifying today. So if your resolution is to switch careers and become a mechanic, focus on the fact that doing so provides immediate benefits. For example, simply signing up for courses can get you working on cars and trucks quickly, which is both a lot of fun and incredibly empowering.
Have a Timetable for How You’re Going to Become a Mechanic
When a lot of people make resolutions, they simply state a future goal, like getting healthy or paying off credit card debt. But those are goals that can only be achieved by first taking small daily steps, like learning new, healthy recipes or cutting back on spending. If you’re going to make your resolution happen, you need to create a timetable.
Set aside an hour every day during which you do a small task that will get you closer to your goal. For example, if your goal is to have an auto repair career, one day you could use that hour to apply to automotive school, another day you could study, and so on. These are small steps, but they add up quickly.
Get Other People to Help You Realize Your Dream Auto Repair Career
Humans are naturally social creatures, which means it’s much harder to accomplish something alone than as part of a team. As you pursue your new auto repair career, figure out ways that other people can help you.
Tell friends and family members that 2019 is the year you are going to switch careers, for example. Having other people know what your goal is makes you accountable to not just yourself, but to them too.
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