How To Make (and Keep) New Years Resolutions
Ah, January. The month where everyone feels motivated and discouraged all at the same time all in four short weeks. Some people say “there’s nothing to look forward to any more” while others focus on their “new year, new me” goals. Here are some helpful ways to stay true to your resolutions this year.
Making Realistic Goals
By now, you’ve probably already made a goal you want to try and achieve in 2019. How is the first month going? Research shows that it takes roughly 21 days to form a new habit. If you’ve stuck to your resolution for the entire month, you’re already off to a great start!
New Years is a time to reflect on the past year and make some proactive goals you’d like to see happen in the coming year. It is not the time to be hard on yourself for not accomplishing what you wish you would’ve and it’s definitely not a time to completely change your character. When making a resolution, it’s important to make a realistic goal.
Implementing Into Everyday Life
Once you’ve decided on the goal you’re going after, begin by implementing small parts of it into your everyday life. For example, if your goal is to lose weight by exercising more, start by going to the gym 2 days a week. Next month, increase that by 3 days and so on and so forth.
Talk About It
Chances are, if you’re excited about your New Years resolution, you’ve talked about it at least once. Maybe to your bestie or perhaps to your mom. This is also an important step. When you’re eager about your goal, it helps to talk about it.
Share your experiences with your friends or consider joining support groups. Likeminded people will definitely help you stay on track and will help you through struggles/celebrate accomplishments. Groups can also make your goal much easier and less intimidating.
We wish you the best of luck maintaining your goals this year. Remember to ask for support and listen to others who have gone through similar hurdles. It may be beneficial to seek out professional help from someone who can offer strategies to adjust your goals and keep them attainable.
If you fail at first, don’t beat yourself up. Everyone knows that perfection is unattainable, yet we often hold ourselves to those standards. We all have ups and downs or we get busy, but it’s how we push through and resolve and ultimately recover from our mistakes.