Many people like to make a list of New Year’s Resolutions, but how many of us actually stick to them? Are you one of those people who makes a resolution and by February it’s already out the window? Maybe you don’t even get that far before you give up and revert back to your old ways. But don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Making and keeping resolutions in day to day life can be pretty tricky.
Whether your resolutions are for your personal or professional life, check out the helpful suggestions below to find 7 ways to stick to those New Year’s resolutions and make 2016 your best year yet!
1. Bring a friend in on the action.
Do you have another friend or business colleague with similar resolutions? If your friend is trying to drink more water, work out more, or stop smoking, and you’re working toward the same goals, why not pair up? Be a support system to each other, look for resources to assist you, and be each other’s cheerleaders. It is a great way to see your resolutions come to fruition.
2. Create a visual reminder.
Write your goal or resolutions down and post them someplace where you can see them and reflect on them daily. You can simply write it on a sticky note and hang it on a mirror, create a vision board or a visual screen saver, or write the resolution in your journal. Seeing the reminder each day can help you stay focused and work toward your resolution daily.
3. Find the appropriate resources.
If you are trying to make resolutions that are health related, be sure you seek out the best resources. Talk to a dietician, a nurse or doctor, read books on the subject, and arm yourself with all of the knowledge you need to make the resolution a successful one. Going into a health related resolution blindly is never wise or good for your health.
4. Journal daily.
Jot down quotes for inspiration, milestones, and even reflect on setbacks. By journaling daily, you can keep a conversation with yourself going, which helps you be more successful in the end.
5. Be realistic in your goal setting.
While you want to reach for the stars, don’t overwhelm yourself with more resolutions than you can handle. Be realistic in your goals setting and stick to 1-3 resolutions that are achievable over the course of a year. Think in terms of SMART goals. This way, you can be more in control and are more likely to experience success.
6. Expect setbacks.
Quitting anything cold turkey is hard. Changes always take time. Expect setbacks and don’t beat yourself up when they do. Setbacks provide a learning curve and can actually propel you back in the right direction. Expect them, so when they happen you don’t quit.
7. Reward your success.
When you find your resolutions coming to fruition, reward yourself! Find creative ways to pat yourself on the back and celebrate. Accomplishing your resolutions is a milestone worth recognizing, even if you do it privately or alone. And remember, once you knock one goal out, feel free to add another and keep the momentum going.
If you are ready to accomplish your resolutions in 2016, these 7 ways should should help. Do you have any helpful tips to add? Share them below in a comment!
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