10 Tips For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
As the last few days of 2015 wind down, our thoughts of gingerbread houses and sugarplum fairies have turned into thoughts of the new year. As 2016 approaches, we begin to think of ways to better ourselves when starting a fresh new year. Sadly, New Year’s resolutions are easier said than done. It’s one thing to say you’re going to work out at the gym twice a week and it’s another to actually pull yourself out of your holiday food coma and go. But 2016 will be different. Using these 10 tips, you can keep your New Year’s resolutions and make those goals you set a reality. Make Your Goals Attainable
The first step to achieving any goal you set for yourself is to make sure it’s obtainable. It’s great to shoot for the stars, but it’s also important to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. The goals and resolutions you set should be lofty, but within reason. Whether or not your goal is attainable could be based on the time it involves, the enthusiasm you have for it, the money and resources needed, and more. Want to start a non-profit organization in 2016? Great, but your goal may not be attainable if you simply don’t have the time or the enthusiasm it takes to make it happen.
Get Excited About Your Resolutions
Make sure you’re excited about your resolutions! Enthusiasm will make or break keeping a resolution. Your resolutions will become much easier to keep when you’re making changes in your life that you can get excited about.
It’s easy to forget about resolutions, even within the first few days of the new year! But with a New Year’s resolution, building the habit is key. When a resolution becomes a habit, it becomes integrated into your life and becomes much harder to break.
Have An Accountability Partner
Find someone who will hold you accountable for your resolutions. It could be a friend, a coworker, a family member, or anyone else who will make sure you stick to your goals. As they hold you accountable, you can hold them accountable for their own resolutions. As the months roll by, internal motivation and external motivation to keep a resolution will make your goals that much easier to reach!
Make Your Progress Public
One way to hold yourself accountable is to make your resolutions public. Try posting your progress each day on social media. If your goal is to take more pictures in 2016, make a new Insta to post your daily snapshots. Trying to simply enjoy life a little more? Document your daily adventures by starting a blog or tweeting about them. By making your resolutions public, you’ll feel more of an obligation to keep them.
Set Small Goals
365 days is daunting, and only gets more intimidating as the year moves on. Take it step by step. Try making small goals for yourself along the way, and mark monthly checkpoints for yourself when you can assess your progress. By setting monthly goals, you can break up the long 365 days and your resolutions will stay fresh in your mind.
Even though making positive changes in your life seems like it would be reward enough, sometimes you need to give yourself a little more motivation. Find ways to motivate yourself through rewards. For example, if you stick to your goal for two weeks, you can reward yourself with those new shoes you’ve been dying to buy. By rewarding yourself along the way, you can stay engaged and motivated to achieve your goals.
It’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll keep your resolutions for all 365 days. If you miss a few days along the way, don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead of focusing on how you failed, focus on how you’ll bounce back. Instead of letting a few days discourage you, let those few days you missed motivate you to come back even stronger.
One of the biggest things when trying to keep a New Year’s resolution is to stay positive. Keeping a positive mindset will only help you, whereas negativity will only hurt you. When you can remain hopeful about your goals and what you’ve done to achieve them, keeping your resolutions will come naturally.
Remind Yourself Why You Chose Your Resolutions
You may be excited about your resolutions for the first few months, but soon you may even forget why you made your resolutions in the first place. Refocusing on your goals will help you keep your resolutions in the long run.