We’re five days into the new year. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?
Sometimes we witness the changing of the calendar with the best intentions. But within a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, what seemed like the best intentions becomes harder to stick to.
Below are some tips to help you stick with your new habits, so that you can witness the results.
Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
Change One Thing at a Time
At a Point like New Year’s, it’s easy to bite off a little more than we can chew. If you aim to replace every bad habit you may have accumulated at once, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This way, not all progress grinds to a halt at the first slip up.
Break Your Goals into Manageable Steps
If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, it may start with something small like trading your after dinner cookies for a healthier dessert option. Think about the small steps you can take on a daily basis to achieve a bigger goal.
Make Your Intentions Public
When you make your goals known, you are more likely to achieve them. Your friends and family are your support system. If you let them know your intentions, they can offer their support every step of the way.
Commit to Yourself
If you’re serious about your resolution, one of the best things you can do is make a commitment to yourself. A written or verbal promise to yourself can help solidify your intention and raise personal accountability.
Draw Lessons from Your Past
Is your goal something you’ve been striving toward for a long time? If you’ve made attempts at this particular thing in the past, but haven’t quite been able to accomplish your goal, it’s best to know why not. We can learn from these lessons, and adjust our strategy to give us the best shot at success.
Keep at It
We tend to toss our New Year’s resolutions in the moments they get difficult. But if you follow the steps above, and make the commitment to stick with it even as it becomes more challenging, you’re more likely to succeed in the long run!