5 Ways to Keep Your New Year Resolutions
We’ve all done it. We’ve started the year with the best of intentions, swearing up and down this is the year we will lose the weight or this is the year we will travel or stay away from candy. And then the year begins and it’s more of the same.
It turns out if you are not alone when it comes to making and keeping your New Year Resolutions. In a study done by the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans who make New Years resolutions actually keep them. Wow!
While half of all Americans who made plans to change in the new year fail to do so, of the 45% of people who actually make resolutions, roughly 3.5% of them followed through.
How can we change the disappointment of not following through? Think of all the ways you can motivate yourself to achieve your goals– and then put them into action.
• Realistic Goals for the New Year
Being realistic is key in keeping a new years resolution. While it’s great to set your goals high – it’s important to be realistic and make them attainable. You have the vision, you make a plan, and now its time to stick to it. If taking more time off from work to relax is your goal for the upcoming year, then you need to make sure you have the time off before you actually take the time off. If you want to get more sleep – turn off your cell phone and do it. There are even apps to help you achieve your goal. You know what you want, you know how to achieve it – now it’s time to do it.
Holding yourself accountable plays a big factor in executing resolutions as well. If weight loss is something you want to focus on throughout 2015, then you need to keep an eye on your eating/fitness habits. You won’t lose the weight you want to by eating chocolates and watching tv all day.
Of course having people who support and encourage you with your resolution(s) is instrumental in helping you achieve your goal. We all need help from someone, and it is great to have someone by your side cheering you on. It also makes you more accountable. Key them in on what you expect of yourself and what you need from them along the way, to be successful. More times than not, the people who love you will be more than happy to help – you just have to ask.
• Self Confidence
Believing in yourself is half the battle. You can do this. If you slip up…remind yourself it is okay and keep moving towards your goal.
Lastly, a sense of humor will carry you far not only as it pertains to new years resolutions, but in life. Having a sense of humor is important when it comes to overall expectations. Making sure you stick to your resolution will help if you had a realistic resolution to begin with.
Be realistic with yourself and your expectations first and foremost, and it won’t be so hard to carry those expectations out in the end.
There may be times when you find it challenging to finish the race, but if you start by believing in the vision- then you are more than half way there.
How do you plan on keeping your resolution this year? What have you done years prior that helped? Comment below, we’d love to hear.
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