Today’s post is all about how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions because let’s face it, we start out with good intentions to change something in our life that we want to change and soon enough, we forget all about them.
I’d love to know how many New Years Resolutions are broken or given up on before the first week of the year is out! I bet it’s a pretty high number and I’m pretty sure I know why it happens a lot of the time if I look at my own personal experience. For me, where I’ve failed at a resolution it’s because I’ve often set myself an unrealistic target for myself which makes my resolution hard to keep and when I fail, I get demoralised and give up
This year I’ve been having a think though and I have a few ideas that will help you (and me) to stick to your New Years Resolutions!
How to stick to your new year’s resolutions
Let other people know about it
Telling people what you want to achieve will definitely help as you’ll feel more accountable for your actions and might think twice about breaking your resolution if you think you’re going to have to explain yourself. They might also be able to help with encouragement and help when you need it.
Write a list
I’m a list-aholic so you might not find this as helpful as I do but I find it helps to write myself a list of how I plan to achieve my resolution and also to chart my progress.
Remember why you want to change
Usually, you set a New Years Resolution because New Year seems like a good time to change something about your life that you’re not entirely happy with or because you want to improve an area of your life. Think about why you’re not very happy with whatever it is and remember that – write it down, stick it on the fridge and remember it whenever you want to give up.
Focus on one thing at a time
Sometimes, I feel a bit overwhelmed because I’m trying to accomplish a million things at once and by trying to do so many things at once, I don’t do as well as I could at each individual thing. This goes for New Years Resolutions to and whereas some go hand in hand (giving up alcohol and getting healthy for example) some just don’t compliment each other that well (writing a book and taking on another big project for example) because you need time to focus on each thing separately to do a good job. Give yourself time to focus on one thing before starting the next and remember just because it’s a New Years resolution doesn’t mean you have to hit your goal in January!
Connect with others who share similar resolutions
Slimming World is the best example of this for me personally – I know how to do it, I can do it but without the accountability and support of a weekly meeting I struggle. Find other people, online or in real life, who share the same goals and you can motivate each other, sharing goals and milestones!
Set yourself reasonable goals and go easy on yourself if you have a bad day (or week). Apparently, it takes an average of 66 days to change a habit or to turn something you do into a habit so don’t expect overnight results. Just keep at it, taking it one day at a time. 😉
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