Every year, New Year’s comes around with the same thing in mind. With good intentions, we make New Year’s resolutions but many of us fail to keep them after the first few weeks (or months). Then, new resolutions become broken resolves.
Here are some helpful tips to keep New Year’s resolutions going strong for 2016:
Set Realistic & Reachable Goals
Goals are great and give motivation to each of us. New Year’s goals should be realistic as well as reachable. They can also be broken down into smaller goals which make it easier for us to obtain success. For example, if you need to lose 100 pounds then consider creating smaller, workable goals in five to ten pound increments. We must be able to reach the goals we set for ourselves.
Planning ahead in different areas of life is a wonderful thing to do. Create a list of changes desired and place them in an area they can be viewed often. If the list is never looked at again, then what good does it do? Part of planning is including time to review goals made.
Create Supporting Points
Create supporting points to the outline for the New Year. For example, if you are desiring to lose weight how are you planning on doing it? The supporting points to losing weight can include some of the following: adding exercise to the weekly routine, eating more healthy foods, eat out less often, ect.
Talk with Friends & Family
When making changes in life, involving family and friends can be very helpful. Consider those around you who are supportive in the changes you need to make. If you are desiring to lose weight, then consider some talk time with those who are on the same walk as you, or who would be supportive of your decisions giving you the motivation you need.
Keep a list of benefits related to your New Year resolutions. For example, if you desire to lose weight some of the benefits on your list would include: have more energy, sleep better, look better, wear smaller clothes, improve health, breathe easier, ect.
Find Ways to Track Progress
Keeping track of how well you are doing can be motivational. This can include using mobile applications added to your cell phone which can be used on the go. Journaling is another way to track how you are doing which can be reviewed at different intervals. The key is to see progress being made.
Feel Positive About Change
Sometimes, change can be overwhelming. It is important to keep a positive spin on the change at hand. Keeping things positive will help you to focus on the better things of life and feel better in making healthy improvements. Think about the positives!
Do Your Best
Do your best at the changes at hand. If something is not working, make adjustments. The key to moving forward is to do your best at making positive changes for your life. This can also include making any needed adjustments along the way.
Allow 3-6 Weeks
For any new habit to become standard in your life, allow three to six weeks of time. Anytime you are trying something new, it takes time to become “habit.” For some, it can take longer so be determined to stick to the plan for a good period of time.
Small stumbles are normal in life. Get up and keep walking toward your goals. When you give up completely, not to move forward is when you are giving up.
It is okay to recommit to plans and resolutions you have created. Say, it is six weeks into the New Year and you have completely given up on making a change in your life. Take the day to blow of the steam and make it a point to recommit to the resolution at hand. It is amazing how many New Year resolutions are laid by the wayside never to be picked up again! Make the commitment!
Create New Goals
Sometimes, taking the same goal and generating a new one will create new energy in following through. Don’t hesitate to create new goals as you reach ones already made, or if a change is needed. For example, if you are having a hard time giving up on a specific food which is not the healthiest. Maybe, you need to change your focus to something you can commit to while limiting the other food as much as possible.