New Year’s resolutions. We start out filled with excitement and motivation to make the new year better than the last.
When the ball drops and the year officially starts, the struggle becomes very real. Without proper planning, sticking to your new year’s resolutions can quickly fizzle out.
Year after year, about 45 percent of Americans set New Year’s resolutions. But, only eight percent of us actually follow through with these goals.1 In fact, about a quarter of us abandon our resolutions in the first week of January!
Well, this year can—and will—be different. You just need the right tools and tips to stay motivated. And, we’ve got some great ideas.
1. K.I.S.S. your resolutions
Not literally, of course. K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Sally.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals. Make sure you choose a few select goals that are actionable—thus reachable.
Priorities in life can easily distract us from great aspirations, so don’t try to complete a laundry list of resolutions. Choose a few that are most important to you.
2. Write it down
Out of sight, out of mind. It’s easy to forget a resolution when we don’t write it down. Write your goal on a notecard and post it on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, in your car, at your desk—anywhere and everywhere you’ll see it. This way you’ll be reminded over-and-over to keep your resolution top of mind.
3. Use the buddy system
Share your resolution with a supportive friend or loved one. He/She should be willing to help you stay accountable to your goal and provide support when you slip.
4. Join in progress
Rely on someone who’s already mapped out a plan and join a program, event, or challenge already in place. For example, if your goal is to take up running, sign up for a 5k run. Preparing for a 5k will keep you in your running shoes.
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5. Make ‘em SMART
One of the best ways to track a goal is by using the acronym — SMART. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Write out a specific goal that you can measure and achieve in a set amount of time.
For example, you may write down, “I want to lose 15 pounds in two months by working out and cutting out high calorie, processed foods.” You’ve specified the number of pounds you want to lose. It’s measured by a set amount of time—two months. It’s actionable—you have specific steps you’re going to take to achieve this goal. And is relevant because it’s something that you want to do for your health or waistline.
6. Kill off old habits
An old habit can hold us back. If every night you eat a bowl of ice cream with your kiddos after dinner, your goal to lose 15 pounds in two months might be more difficult.
Think about what thoughts, feelings, or behaviors could make it hard to reach your goal. Recognize these are an obstacle to your success and make a conscious effort to rid yourself of the habit.
7. Celebrate small victories
Be excited for small victories! You won’t achieve your goal all at once. Rather, you’ll see small successes along the way. Celebrate those moments and be proud of how far you have come.
Make this year great! Believe in yourself. You will stick to your resolutions and you will reach your goals.
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