The start of a New Year is a great time to think about what you would like to accomplish over the next 12 months.
But often, we make New Year’s Resolutions with the best of intentions, but forget about them by mid-February.
This year, let’s break that pattern! Follow these 5 steps to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and you’ll be well on your way to a new you.
Remember Why You Set the Goal
A good place to start is remembering why you set your goal in the first place. If you resolved to get into better shape, for example, try writing down exactly why. Maybe you want to be able to get around more easily, or maybe you want to be ready to take that hiking trip this summer. Focusing on the reasons behind your goal is a great source of motivation. For a daily reminder, try keeping sticky notes around the house, or set an inspirational photo as the background on your phone.
Assess Where You Could Improve
After setting your goals, identify ways in which you can improve. Where have you stumbled or given up in the past? What modifications can you make to your schedule or lifestyle that will make your journey easier? When you come up with your list, take proactive steps to make the needed changes. Vary your workout routine so you don’t get bored. Cut back on your unnecessary spending. Set aside one day a week to catch up with friends. If you are conscious about making improvements every day, you’ll reach your goal in no time.
Define What Makes You Want to Quit
When making life changes, it’s normal to feel like quitting from time to time. Don’t ignore these feelings—identify what’s causing them. Are you working yourself too hard? Are you completely depriving yourself of something you enjoy? Are you trying to achieve your goals in an unhealthy way? Make adjustments to your plan when necessary, and reward your progress. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks!
Identify the Stressors That Distract You
Living a busy life and juggling work and family schedules can make it hard to always stay on track of your goals. Pinpoint the major stressors that prevent you from keeping your resolutions. Then, find realistic ways of dealing with them. This can be as easy as finding a way to unwind during your lunch break, or as drastic as cutting back on the responsibilities you choose to take on. Every small change makes it easier to focus on bettering yourself.
Accept That You’re Not Perfect
Finally, you have to accept the fact that you’re not perfect… and that’s OK! Making positive changes and sticking to your goals takes time and dedication. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you fall short. Congratulate yourself for making the effort, and keep on trying.
This New Year, add one more resolution to your list: to actually follow through with your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Just focus on why you set your goals, find ways to improve, deal with distractions, and forgive yourself when you fall short. With a little patience, you will be able to achieve your goals.