How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
It’s almost the New Year, and it’s time to start up that same New Year’s resolution you made last year. If you are like 80% of people, then you might find yourself giving up by the time February comes around.
This year, we are determined to stop that pattern. We have found some of our best tips and tricks that will help you stay on track this New Year. Check out some of our favorites–
Create a Supportive Environment
Creating a supportive environment is one of the best things you can do for yourself when you are trying to stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Find people that have similar goals to you and form a support system with them. Being surrounded with people that have similar goals to you can help to reduce triggers or cravings. By finding this group of people, you are not only able to support one another, but you can also challenge one another, too.
With today’s technology, there are so many different tools that you can use to stay on top of your goals. There are apps for habit tracking as well as apps for productivity. Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, there is probably an app for that. Take time to search for a tool that works for you and keeps you accountable.
One of the main challenges that you may run into when trying to achieve your goal is finding time to make it happen. Make sure that you are carving out time in your schedule to do what you have to do to stay on track. Maybe it’s going to the gym more… Make sure you put that activity into your schedule. This might mean that you have to get rid of something else in your schedule. However, making it a priority is the only way you are going to stay on track.
When people start making their New Year’s resolutions at the end of the year, it’s fun to dream about what you can achieve in the New Year. Although this can be great and inspiring, it’s so important to make sure your goals are attainable. Make sure you are starting small and have room for growth. For example, if you are wanting to go to the gym more, you might want to start by only going three times a week. Then, you can go up from that starting point and work up to more. This ensures that you are not getting burnt out at the beginning. When you take on too much, you tend to feel the effects of that burnout quicker. In the end, be realistic about what you are able to achieve.
Create Rewards for Yourself
One of the best ways to keep yourself accountable is to create a reward system. You might just think of this as one large reward at the end. However, this might be too far ahead and seem out of reach. Make sure that you are giving yourself smaller rewards while working on your New Year’s resolution. These can be things that are however big or small you want them to be.
Did you know that it takes 21 days of doing an activity to build a habit? This means that if you are consistent and don’t give up, the easier and easier it will be to continue. The more you do something, the more likely you are going to continue to do so.
The main reason people give up is that they tend to start out strong. Then, one day might come along and fail. When this happens, a lot of people throw in the towel and the progress they made begins to crumble. That’s why it is so important to pick yourself up when you fail. This is not the time to give up but rather a time to come out stronger than ever and ready to tackle your resolutions.