How to Keep or Reignite Your New Year’s Resolutions
We’re just about through the bitterly cold months of January and February and it’s time to check in on how we’re doing on our New Year’s resolutions. Each year, we optimistically set goals for self-improvement, but unfortunately many of us fall back into old habits pretty quickly.
Have you found success with your resolutions or have you written them off as next year’s challenge?
How can we make sure to keep our resolutions? Whether they are personal or work related, I have some tips to get back or stay on track in 2015!
Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions:
I’ve noticed that when I set too many resolutions for myself, I tend to fail. It’s just too overwhelming to set multiple goals for the New Year. Instead, be realistic and narrow your list down to items that you really want to change. Added benefit: If you’re passionate about your goals, it will be easier to stick to them!
Chat about it.
Many of us keep our resolutions to ourselves hoping that if we slip, no one will be the wiser. Instead, confide in a friend or family member about your goals this year. That way you will be held accountable and have someone to cheer you on and motivate you. Even better, find someone who shares your same resolution. You can motivate each other and talk about pitfalls and useful tips! Added benefit: Now you have someone to vent to that understands what you’re going through.
Most likely you will not have success with setting goals if you don’t have a plan in place to achieve them. After listing your resolutions, take some time to create a timeline. Figure out what steps you can take over time to get the results you want. I’m more of a visual person, so using a calendar with checkpoints works well.
When you hit milestones and make progress – reward yourself! Make sure those rewards won’t set you back, of course, but it’s great motivation to treat yourself when making progress. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes or a spa day – set some time aside for yourself. Added benefit: New shoes!
If you wanted to cut back on caffeine, it’s probably not a good idea to hang out in coffee shop, right? Be conscious of your surroundings to be sure you aren’t tempting yourself unnecessarily. Recognize your triggers and create a plan to avoid them.
Don’t set yourself up to fail. You want to challenge yourself, of course, but make sure your resolutions are realistic and achievable. It can be a huge de-motivator if you create larger-than-life goals and then can’t reach them. It can throw all your other goals off track because you feel as if you’ve failed. Set yourself up for success!
Hopefully these tips have helped show you that New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for January, and they don’t have to be a scary thing! They can be achievable when you set yourself up for success by following these tips. There’s still plenty of 2015 yet, so buckle in!
Do you have any other useful tips? If so, share in the comments below!