We all know that New Year Resolutions don’t work. We still want to think of goals that we would like to achieve in the new upcoming year. How do you stick to your New Year Resolutions? I am going to share with you the most important secrets of doing that!
Write Your Goals Down
It’s that simple. There is nothing more to add to this secret except for, maybe, keeping the list handy so you can visit and re-visit it.
Be Realistic with Your Goal
If you think that you are setting a goal that is tough to achieve, you are most likely to drop your goal couple of weeks after. Don’t set yourself for a failure by setting an unrealistic goal. Instead of deciding, for example, to cut all sugary snacks from your diet, opt for swapping a few of them with an apple or dried fruits. It is much more realistic than thinking you can live without sweets at all.
Go with Little Baby Steps
This secret of sticking to your New Year Resolution goes hand in hand with the previous one. Think of your goal and then think of small steps that you need to take on a regular basis to achieve that goal. For example, I want to learn Spanish. Learning a new language seems like a daunting task that will take some time. My baby steps are to listen to Spanish podcasts while I walk from my train to work and to do some Spanish exercises while I am on a train. Incorporating those small baby steps into your daily routine makes it easier.
Commit to Something You Really Enjoy
Do not punish yourself by committing to something just because “it’s the right thing to do”. If you hate going to the gym but buying an annual gym membership is part of your New Year Resolutions, good luck to you! You might as well set those pre-authorized payments directly to my bank account to support an aspiring blogger and putting your money to a better use. Another alternative – commit to an exercise that you enjoy.
Let’s admit – we all get lazy sometimes and would rather watch a recent episode of favorite TV series versus being productive. Make sure to remember that feeling of guilt you have when you opt for binge-watching something instead of working on your goal. Also, make sure to remember the feeling of how accomplished you feel when you do stick to your plan (let’s say – reading a book instead of watching TV). When you are about to sabotage your plan, just remember that great feeling of accomplishment that you want to feel again and that will motivate you. On the contrary remembering of how bad you felt when you bailed on your plan will (hopefully) discourage you from bailing again.
Have a Support Buddy
If you have friends – great! If you have friends with interests like yours – even better! If your friend wants to stick to a New Year Resolution like yours, consider yourself lucky! You’ve got a support buddy and you both can help each other to stick to your goals.
Start your New Year Resolutions in December
Last and the most important secret of sticking to your new year resolutions is to start even before the New Year. December is the best month to start. Starting in January puts too much pressure on you. If you start in December, you are getting into a habit of doing things the certain way. Of course, the holiday season is going to be super crazy busy with parties and food/drinks overindulgences! Even if you “slip” during holiday week it is much easier to return to your already established routines in January!
You are equipped with practical secrets of sticking to your New Year Resolutions now! You are on your way to becoming better and improved you by the end of 2018!
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