Everyone looks forward to the new year with promises of change for the months ahead. They tell themselves that this is the year they get in shape, start a new hobby, or solve a certain problem. However, too many people find themselves losing their momentum before January is over. Here’s how you can keep your new years resolutions.
1. Make them realistic
Your new years resolutions should not be pipe dreams. While it might be fun to imagine becoming a millionaire or competing in a triathlon when you haven’t ran so much as a mile in over a decade, you need to be aware of your limits. Being realistic doesn’t mean you don’t try. It just means that you set your sights on attainable goals. The beauty of reaching these more attainable goals is that once you conquer them, the loftier ones can be far easier to reach. Think of like playing a video game. When you get past the easier levels, the harders one are much more manageable.
2. Make them specific
A great way to fall out of your new years resolutions is to make them vague. Telling yourself you’re going to “lose weight” or “be nicer” isn’t specific enough to keep you accountable. Give yourself a target to reach and do you best to hit it. For instance, you can make a goal to lose ten pounds or a goal to give one compliment a day. This can make your resolutions much easier to accomplish.
3. Make a plan
Imagine you’re a professional athlete, and you’re on a team coached by someone who doesn’t plan out any plays or schedule practices. Odds are you aren’t going to score any points, let alone win any games. You need to make a plan in order to stick to your new years resolutions. Write down what your goals are and how you’ll reach them. What’s the very first step and the ones that follow that one?
4. Keep a log
People get discouraged about their new years resolutions because they feel like they’re not seeing any progress. However, progress is often much gradual than we realize. You might think that you’re getting nowhere when in reality, you’re making serious strides. By keeping a log for your resolutions, you can help realize how much closer you are to reaching your goals.
By remembering to keep your new years resolutions practical and pacing yourself, you can help reach your goals all the more easily. you still need to put in the time and effort, but you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more. While you might be looking forward to the end result, it’s also worth remembering the journey is just as important.