Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Last

December 27, 2016

When we finishing celebrating the start of the New Year, it can be exhilarating to create a list of New Year’s Resolutions and changes we’d like to make in our daily lives to be our best selves. However, the hard part is actually sticking to our plan and continuing to work towards our goals past the 2-week mark.

Here are some of our tips that will help you actually stick to your resolutions this year:

Start Small 

It’s good to aim high, but in order to continue with your resolution over a long period of time, make sure you start out reasonably. For instance, if you would like to exercise more frequently, maybe start out by going to the gym a few days a week and slowly increasing the frequency over the course of weeks. If you are trying to eat healthier, try beginning with healthy substitutions to your regular food choices instead of completely change your diet and cutting out certain foods completely. Change happens gradually, and starting small will help you slowly create habits that will stick.

Make a Plan 

Make sure you have a plan to achieve an overarching goal through a series of smaller steps. Think about what the short-term steps are towards reaching your goal, what you need to achieve them, and plan accordingly. For instance, your overarching goal may be becoming more fit and healthy this year. For you personally, that could entail eating healthier, exercising more frequently, and losing 20 pounds. In order to accomplish your overarching goal of being healthier, you need to figure out what little steps you have to take each day to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose 20 pounds.

Remind Yourself Of Your Goals

Writing and visualizing are two of the most effective tools for accomplishing a goal because it allows your goal to be fixed in your subconscious mind, making it easier to develop actions into habits. An easy way to do this is to write down your goals and put them in a prominent place where you will view them frequently, such as on your desk, fridge, or mirror. Some other ideas include keeping your important life goals and priorities on your computer screen saver or setting up a system of reminders on your smartphone to remind you of your overarching goal and your daily steps needed to reach it.

Forgive Yourself: Slip-ups Happen!

It’s really easy to become discouraged and believe you should give up if you take a stumble on the journey towards your goal. You need to realize that slipping is part of the process and it will only make the end result more rewarding and worth the journey. You can minimize your chances of slip-ups by following the first step (Start Small) and using the S.M.A.R.T. goal planning system to ensure that you are not spreading yourself too thin by setting an unreasonable or unattainable goal.

Talk About It And Ask For Support

Think about joining a support group to accomplish your goals such as a workout class at your gym, a local community group that meets frequently, or an online community where you can share your experiences with like-minded people. Having people to talk to who share your struggles and successes will make your journey easier and less intimidating.

We wish you the best of luck in accomplishing your goals and New Year’s Resolutions in 2017!

Contributor: Smruthi Sriram