4 Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

  1. Find Your “Why”
    • Most people make their New Year’s resolution with an I “should” or “need” obligatory mindset when they should have an intention with motivation to accomplish their goals or vision. If you can take some time to find your “Why” this will make your resolution meaningful and exciting to you instead of an obligation! Be specific, creative, and most of all true to yourself.
  2. Develop a Plan of Action
    • Once you know your “Why” and you are motivated to accomplish your goals, now you must spell out your “How” to get there step by step. Knowing where you want to go is sharpened by a clear plan on how to get there. For instance, let’s say you want to lose weight. Unfortunately, the weight can’t magically fall off your waist on its own (although, that would be nice)! Preparing a plan such as “I will walk Tuesday, Thursday, andSaturday at a brisk pace for 30 minutes every morning, starting today!” is much more likely to work than “I will TRY to walk more often.” Now for some people, developing a plan makes them feel constrained and makes them quit before they even begin. If this sounds like you, try separating things into bite-sized pieces – one action step at a time. Start with the most immediate step first to get your momentum going, then keep it up until you reach your goals.
  3. Have an Accountability Partner Who Will Support Your Vision
    • We have all made plans in our lives with the intentions of keeping them, but some where along the way, we may have fallen off course. Having a partner who has similar goals, is on the same path, is simply someone you can trust will help you stay on track and not lose focus. We all can use some motivation to keep going when things get tough. You’d be amazed at how helpful it can be to have a friend to be a “sound board” to bounce ideas off of. Sometimes we just need to vent and ask someone for some encouragement to work through the challenges. That’s why an accountability partner is so valuable. This person can be a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, or whomever, just remember to choose wisely because this person should help you to keep moving forward, not backward! 
  4. Be Patient With Yourself!
    • Lastly, there is no process that does not take time! Oftentimes we get eager to see progress and it may not come as fast as we would like. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Be patient with yourself, and don’t beat yourself up. You are your #1 cheerleader! Speaking positive affirmations to yourself every day is great for your mental health and endurance to reach your goals. Motivate yourself by visualizing yourself at the finish line, and before you know it, you’ll be there!

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