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363. Small Changes Make a Big Difference!

Jang, Su-jeong 기자2016.08.29 03:40:50

At the start of the year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. These vary from person to person, but they usually aim to make this year better than last year. Now, it has been half a year since we made them. Did you turn your resolutions into reality during last semester? Did you make the new habits you wished for? Probably, most of you would shake your heads. This article is for those who feel their resolve weakening.

 

The plans we made can sometimes fizzle out to nothing. Is this just because we all have weak willpower? We usually set goals to become completely different from what we used to be, but such goals are too vague or huge to accomplish. Even if the plans are realistic and flexible, it is difficult to get out of out our comfort zone, the psychological state where a person feels comfortable. Everyone has a different comfort zone, but many tend to get comfortable with the familiar routines. This implies that something you would not normally do can be stressful. So, how can we step out of our comfort zone?

 

           At first, you should look back on your last semester, especially your behavior and habits as well as your plans to find your behavior patterns and rhythms of life. For example, 'I cannot study at home at all', 'I can read a book while on the bus', and 'I can never wake up early on weekends.' Your plans can become easier to achieve when these small things are reflected in them. After understanding yourself and making a small plan, it will be easier to accomplish than before. Changing your everything at once results in making impractical plans.

 

In my case, I planned to watch a short video in English at every breakfast in order to improve my English. I usually eat breakfast alone, so I thought watching some videos would be good for me. However, sometimes I cannot watch one if I oversleep. This kind of situation can happen, since small or big obstacles often ruin our daily plans. Whenever the plans go wrong, we feel frustrated, which can lead to giving them up. Keep in mind that if we make a steady effort to realize our plan, then the moment of making a new habit will arrive.

 

It is said that young people should have big dreams. However, I do not think it is wise t set big goals and plans. They can give you a lot of stress and let you down. Therefore, let us begin with small changes. A small change will be a habit you really want to have, which will make a big difference over the long run. The start of this semester is a good opportunity to realize your small plans!

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