It’s inevitable that New Year’s resolutions are broken every year by millions of people. Whether your resolution is to work out more, eat right, or even just to quit biting your nails, we’re here to help you stick to your goals so that you don’t fall under the line of resolution breakers. But, before making a resolution that is pulled out of thin air, remember that these resolutions aren’t for you to make drastic changes to your life, but act as a way to reflect on the past year and see what you can do to improve your life. We don’t want you to change who you are as a person, just find a way to improve your meaning or way of life.
Now that you might be thinking of what improvements you can make, let’s work on sticking to it! These tips are here to help you stick to your goals and end the New Year on a not a new, but an improved you.
If you start your new year with a drastic change, chances are you may slip up quick. This is why we advise you to start small. Choosing resolutions that are within reach is a great way to get the year started and feel confident in your ability to stick to your goals. For instance, if your resolution is to work out more, start out by setting your goal to work out three times a week rather than five or six times a week. This way, you aren’t drastically changing your schedule or lifestyle within an instant. You and your body need to get acclimated to the changes, so start out small and simple.
Have a Support Group
One of the easiest ways to stick to your goals is by having a support group by your side. Find a friend that has the same goal as you so that you can support each other. Going about changes alone can be hard, so having someone that can be there to talk to you about the same goals is a great way to stick to your resolutions. Plus, it’s always nice to have a little company while you’re climbing up that mountain to reach your ultimate goal. Tip: if your New Year’s resolution is to work out more, reach out to a friend to see if they want to do it with you! You just might build a stronger bond and have some amazing results when you both take on the challenge together.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to start on New Year’s Day. Let’s be honest, we all want and deserve to finish celebrating the holidays for at least a few more days. This is why we advise you to schedule a start date to begin your new regimen. Pick a month and day that you feel will work best in order for you to stick to and obtain your goal. Maybe wait for the kids to go back to school or you may even want to set the date three months ahead of a big event you plan on attending, such as a wedding. Take your life, schedule, and your own feelings into consideration before you make a big change in your life. You’ll know when you’re ready!
Accept Slip Ups
Sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be a hard thing! We know that there may be slip ups along the way, and this is why we are advising you to accept those little mishaps. If you take it out on yourself too much for making one little mistake, then you might just lose it all. When people get frustrated at themselves for making a simple accident, they risk blowing it all and giving up. “Well, I had that one piece of cake. I might as well eat the whole thing and forget about my diet completely.” That is not the way to go about a minor hiccup in your plan. Accept that you messed up that one time and move on!
Track Your Progress
Keeping a journal of your daily or weekly progress is a great way to stay committed and motivated. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, keeping track of your measurements and body weight is a great way to see results and keep you going. Writing down your thoughts, emotions, or just plain stats on what activities you did or what you ate can make a difference in the long run. After a year, or even a few months, read back at what you wrote down. You just may be surprised at how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished.
Do you remember being rewarded by your parents for good behavior or getting good grades when you were a kid? If so, you most likely kept trying to get good grades or be on your best behavior to get rewarded again. Well, why should things change just because you’re a little older? You deserve a little reward every now and then for being so good and sticking to your New Year’s plan. As you learned as a kid, small rewards are great encouragement to keep on going. You can start with a weekly reward, move on to a monthly, and eventually a yearly reward once you’ve accustomed yourself to your new routine. Just try to avoid rewards that can deter you from continuing on your path to success. Having a beer as a reward if your resolution was to quit drinking may not be the best idea. This is why we advise you to reward yourself with things such as a massage or a cute new top that you saw at the store last week.