Believe it or not, most New Year’s resolutions fail – and only one-third of them make it into February. Most people resolve to save money, read more or get in shape – but no matter your resolution, using these tips will help you stay on track all year long.
1. Be realistic.
When it comes to setting your goals, make sure you’re realistic. Don’t make a resolution just because your friends and family members are doing it- pick one that is specific and meaningful to you. If one large goal seems daunting, break it down into smaller goals you can achieve throughout the year.
2. Track your progress.
Whatever your goal may be, it’s important to keep track of the changes you’re making. Take pictures, write down notes, or make a chart or graph to track your progress. When you’re struggling to keep going, looking back and seeing how far you’ve come will spark motivation.
3. Share it with others.
You’re more likely to accomplish your goal if you share it with others. When you know other people are watching and are aware of what you’re working towards, it’ll be harder to give up.
4. Find an accountability partner.
Chances are, someone you know has made their own New Year’s resolution. Find an accountability partner to check in with, count on for motivation, and help you keep your eye on the prize. Even if they don’t have the same goal, it’s nice to have someone there when times get tough.
5. Reward yourself.
Keep yourself motivated by rewarding your victories and milestones. Just be sure not to go overboard!
6. Don’t give up.
Nobody is perfect, and setbacks do (and probably will) happen. Remind yourself that minor slip-ups won’t completely derail your progress, and don’t use them as an excuse to throw in the towel. It helps to have a plan in place for how to deal with these setbacks and get back on track.
How do you stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Share your tips in the comments!