2017 is coming to a close and the holiday festivities have begun to commence. Which means, 2018 is right around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are in the future. Each year millions of people promise themselves generic and vague goals for the new year. From quitting an unhealthy habit to promoting new healthy ones, inevitably, by the end of January these resolutions have been forgotten. Here are 6 ways to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick:
- Be specific: Know exactly what it is you want to improve or change. If your end goal is to ‘be healthier’ then make a resolution to 1) join a gym (working out 2-3 times a week) and 2) buy a healthy cookbook and make at least one meal a day from it.
- Share your successes: It’s important to receive validation for your hard work and to feel like other people in your life are cheering you on. Whether that may be sharing your improvement over the dinner table or posting it is as your status on Facebook.
- Make them measurable: It’s easier to recognize your improvement if the goal is measurable. If you can logically calculate how far you have come then you will be more motivated to continue and finish your resolution.
- Start little: “Rome was not built in a day”, you need time to create and achieve your goals. Break up your end goals into small attainable increments. That way you won’t be discouraged or feel pressured by your goals, and instead, feel empowered.
- Journal your improvement: By keeping a log of all new developments in your goals it will encourage you to continue. You will easily be able to compare how far you have come and keep track of all future achievements.
- Give yourself an incentive: Reward yourself for all your hard work: give yourself a cheat day and treat yourself to those cheesy fries you have been fantasizing about all week!