HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Many people set resolutions on New Year’s Eve. Very few actually achieve them. Which is unfortunate, as many people would be better off and much happier if they’d achieved their goals. If you’ve got some ideas for great New Year’s resolutions, but fear you won’t be able to keep them, you need these 10 tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions:
1. Be Realistic
A major reason most people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is because they’re not realistic. If you want to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, you need to pick things that are truly able to be achieved in one year. Smaller, more specific goals are more achievable.
2. Have a Plan
You can’t achieve much of anything without a plan. If you try to accomplish a goal but don’t have a plan to guide you, you can wind up wasting a lot of time, energy, and even money. When deciding on your resolutions, map out exactly how you plan to achieve them.
3. Prepare for Possible Failures
Life is hardly ever perfect and things rarely work out exactly as you planned. So expect to encounter a few setbacks on the way to achieving your resolutions. Better yet, write down what negative things could possibly happen, so you can plan for and (hopefully) avoid them.
4. Tell Friends and Family
If you really want to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, tell other people about them. It’s easier to give up if you’re the only one who knows about them!
5. Track Your Progress
For some goals, it’s easy to see your progress. But for slower ones, you’ll be better off keeping careful track of your progress. For example, if you want to become a better artist, keep a box full of your old drawings. That way, when you get discouraged you can look back and see how far you’ve come!
6. Have Reward Checkpoints
A great way to keep yourself motivated to keep working on your resolutions is to reward yourself along the way. Pick distinct points on the paths to achieving your goals, and if you reach those points give yourself a nice reward.
7. Move Past Failure
Even if you try to prepare for failures, it’s likely they may still happen. Try not to get discouraged. Remember why you started working toward these goals in the first place, and stick to your New Year’s resolutions!
8. Start Slow
An easy way to give up on a resolution early in the year is to push yourself too hard. If your goal is to eat healthier, don’t start eating only salads as of Jan. 1. You’ll quickly feel deprived and give up on your goal. Instead, try to reduce one bad food a month. By the time you get to the end of the year, you’ll be eating healthier, and your journey to that point will have been easier.
9. Think Positively
You can easily psych yourself out of achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Try not to focus on how hard your goal is, or how you don’t like what you have to do to achieve it. Instead, think positively and focus on how happy you’ll be when your goal is achieved!
10. Get Help If Necessary
If you need help achieving your New Year’s resolutions, ask for it. Depending on what your resolutions are, you can ask a friend for help, ask people on an online forum, or sign up for a class.
Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Do you usually stick to them? Let us know in the comments section below?