How to (Actually) Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

 

It’s 2018! Another opportunity to start fresh. After all, new year, new you, right? We always line up these aspirational resolutions for ourselves in the new year but we almost never seem to follow through. But hey, we get it! It’s hard to keep up with and sometimes it just seems easier to push it off until next year. Well not anymore! 2018 is your year, and if you want to know how to make the most of it, keep reading to find out how to actually stick to your New Year’s Resolution.

 

  1. Think about it

Part of the problem people have with keeping their resolutions is not knowing what they want to resolve. While taking part in creating these annual decisions is fun, they should also be based on something you genuinely want to change about yourself and not just short-term trends. After all, they’re called resolutions for a reason! Take some time to really think about what you want to alter or improve your life and why. And we know that 2018 is already here but don’t worry if its a couple of days into the new year before you have your resolutions picked out. It’s okay to take a few extra days to plan things out if it means making a lifetime change!

  1. Be Specific

 

Making resolutions such as “I want to lose weight” or “I want to quit smoking” are great places to start but we both know that these are hollow resolutions. Wanting to lose weight is fantastic but what does that mean? You run a few miles, hit the gym for a week, lose the 5 pounds you put on from Christmas dinner and then what? You give up and forget you ever even made the resolution in the first place. I mean technically yes, you did lose weight but you didn’t make that self- improving life change that we talked about earlier. Be specific. Think about the who, what, when, and where of your resolutions to get a crystal clear idea of your game plan.

  1. Write It Down

 

This step is perfect for all of you who love journaling or pinterest! According to psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthews, when we write down our goals, we are 42% more likely to accomplish them. Writing down your resolutions makes them real and it is also the first step towards jumpstarting your adventure. Journaling and Pinteresting  however, will make it fun. Creating a Pinterest board all about your resolutions will help inspire and motivate you. Find posts, forums, quotes, communities, and blogs, that will help you achieve your goals!

  1. Start Small & Make a Schedule

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your NYR won’t be accomplished in one either! Starting off too big is a common obstacle people face when trying to make a change in their life. It’s understandable really; after all, it’s a new year, a new you and after reading the last tip, you’re (hopefully) ecstatic to take on this resolution. But it’s important to remember to take baby steps with this new adventure. Start small. If you want to lose twenty pounds don’t go out and run twelve miles on January 2nd if you’ve never ran a mile before. While this is ambitious, you’ll quickly realize how hard running actually is and likely get frustrated after mile two and want to throw in the towel on the run and your resolution. Instead, maybe start by walking a mile every day. Then build yourself up to running one mile, then two, then three. Plan out how you want to accomplish this goal and write it down in a calendar with reminders to keep you accountable.

  1. Find Your Motivation

 

Everyone has a reason for making a NYR, so what’s yours? Maybe you want to be bikini body ready this spring break, maybe you want to be more adventurous in the new year, or maybe you just want to live a healthier lifestyle. Whatever the reason is, find a tangible representation of your resolution to remind you why you’re making this life change and display it somewhere you know you’ll see it everyday. Another way to do this is to flood your social media with other people and accounts that inspire and motivate you to keep going! Of course, your motivation should be unique to you, so find yours and get ready for this resolution to change your life!

  1. Track Your Progress

 

It’s easy to get frustrated when trying to make a change in your life, especially when you can’t see how far you’ve come. Remember that even the smallest amount of improvement is a big step towards your goal, so make sure to be tracking your progress along the way. If you’re trying to lose weight, have weekly weigh-ins and record the measurements in a journal, or take pictures to see your physical changes. Want to quit smoking? Decorate a small chalkboard with “__ Days in a row without smoking,” written on it to remind you how great you’re doing. By utilizing these tools you can refer back to them next time you’re feeling frustrated with your resolution and feel like giving up.

  1. Get Support

 

Making a big life change can be scary and frustrating, especially if you’re attempting it by yourself. But hey, no one said you had to take on this adventure alone! If you’re truly serious about this resolution, tell your friends and family. Let them know why you’re doing this and ask them to show you support in whatever way you need. Maybe a friend of yours has a similar resolution and you can take on the new year together! You can also seek out clubs and communities facing a similar challenge as you. Finding support in groups will inspire you to keep going and remind you that you’re not alone on this journey.

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