Every year I try to think of new and creative New Year’s resolutions. They have ranged from “workout 5 times a week” to “be more patient” and even “learn how to be an awesome cook.” Unfortunately, they all have one thing in common…I never worked out 5 times a week, I didn’t become more patient, and I definitely order takeout more than I should. To be honest, I can’t recall a time that I have been successful with any of my New Year’s resolutions. If you’re reading this and you can relate, that’s probably because statistically, only 25% of those who actually set a New Year’s resolution will achieve it.
But there’s great news! We don’t have to fail at our New Year’s resolutions this year. There are ways to set yourself up for a successful new year.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions:
Create specific and attainable goals.
A common feature of unmet goals is the lack of specificity. When we create our resolutions they end up looking something like “Work out more.” Not only is that not specific, but unless you already are in the habit of working out, that is going to be a really daunting resolution to tackle. Instead, try making a resolution to “Go for a 1-mile jog 3 times a week.” That small change in how you create resolutions makes them feel more manageable and in turn, you are much more likely to succeed.
Tell other people about your resolution.
If you really want to be successful in creating and sustaining change, tell someone you respect and admire about your plans. Sharing with others not only holds us accountable but it also acts as a commitment to change when you express the goals aloud to someone else. Even better…
Get a buddy.
New Year’s resolutions can be challenging. Sometimes they can be downright difficult. In some cases, they’re even painful! Sharing your challenges with a friend who has similar goals can help you not feel so alone when things get tough. It’s also more fun when you get to celebrate your success together!
Believe in yourself.
You are 10 times more likely to achieve your goals if you believe you can. Believe in yourself, speak confidently about your goals, and develop a set of self-motivating thoughts for when things get tough. Oh, and write them down! You can repeat them to yourself, put them on the fridge or bathroom mirror, write them in your journal, or on your calendar. The point is that when we are reminded of our goals, our buy-in increases, and the likelihood of success increases too.
Don’t give up.
Most people struggle with ideas of failure. Whether you’ve failed in the past (and we all have) or you’re struggling with your current goals, know that none of us are perfect. We will mess up and that doesn’t mean we’ve failed. The key to making long and lasting change is being about to recommit to the goal and the process, take a deep breath, and jump right back in. It takes 30 days for something to become a habit so keep pushing forward.
Although this may seem like a lot to keep up with, taking it one step at a time can help you succeed and achieve the changes you want. In this case, small steps on a daily basis lead to fulfilled New Year’s resolutions!
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How you talk to yourself is also important. Check out our blog, How To Use The Power of Positive Self Talk