New Years Resolutions: My Thoughts – How to Stick To One

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Since new years is in a couple of days time I thought I would devote a post about new years resolutions. To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of making them.

I understand the whole concept of having a fresh start, a new beginning, and writing a list of all your goals for the new year but at the same time I think that if there is something in our lives that we want to fix or work toward we shouldn’t be waiting till the new year to start.

I also think that people make these super elaborate new years resolutions causing them to be unable to continue sticking to them after a few weeks time therefore making them feel as if they have failed themselves.

If you really want to make a new years resolution though and it really gets you motivated- then go for it.

Here are some of my tips to those of you who do want to make new years resolutions and really want to stick to them throughout the new year:

Don’t set yourself up for failure

If you never workout or create meal plans then making it your new years resolution to workout seven times a week and follow a strict meal plan is just setting yourself up for failure. Working out every day of the week is something to build up to (if that’s a goal of yours of course).

There is no way to stick to such a strict new years resolution for an entire year unless you’re an athlete or something. Don’t make an elaborate new years resolution because if you do you are just setting yourself up for failure.

Make your goals very specific

Sometimes I ask friends what is on their new years resolutions and they tell me things like “to get fit” or “to be healthier” and while it’s great that they want to improve their health at the same time it’s clear that they are lacking a concrete plan of specific steps they are going to take/do to reach their goal.

So instead of saying that this year you want to get fit, instead say that this year you want to drink more water, go to the gym at least two times a week, and no longer indulge in midnight snacking. Creating a list of goals that are doable and within your reach as a person and that are very specific is the best way to actually get the results you want.

Write it down

Instead of just keeping a mental list of your resolutions- write them down. Writing goals down is similar to writing a to-do list. It really helps to have a clear list of what you wish to set out to accomplish before you actually go out and do that task or goal.

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Make it Visible

Post your resolutions up on a wall in your room, on your fridge, or anywhere that is in plain sight and that you frequent often. Doing so will remind you throughout your year of exactly what you decided you want to accomplish.

Learn to Pick Yourself Back Up

If you failed to stick to your resolution the first few times but you know that it is something within your reach that you can accomplish, do not take on the “I failed so that’s it” attitude. It’s okay to fall down- were all human. The most important thing is to pick yourself up every time.

Dig Deeper

I know that a lot of people like to make their new years resolutions centered on external goals of theirs such as getting in shape and eating healthier and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, try to make your resolutions more than that.

Maybe this year you can work on being a more positive person, spending more quality time with family, or maybe this year you will read through a portion of your bible every week. Whatever your goals are make sure to include more than just the superficial when it comes to this year’s resolution.

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