The New Year is almost here! So get out a pen and paper and start jotting down those dreaded New Year’s resolutions. And if you’re like most people, sticking to your resolutions can seem impossible. That’s why we’ve compiled 5 simple tips that will help keep you on track.
Tip #1: Find the Right Balance
Pick realistic resolutions. Be aware of your limits and don’t push yourself to do something that you know you won’t be able to achieve, but don’t be afraid to make goals that challenge you either. Remember, a resolution that’s harder to fulfill will be so much more satisfying in the end.
Tip #2: Do More Than Just Set Your Goals
When making a resolution, it’s important that you clearly define what you wish to achieve. Resolutions like “eat healthier” or “work out more” are too abstract and don’t give you any concrete guidelines to follow. Make your resolutions more clear-cut such as “eat 4 cups of fruits and vegetables every day” or “jog for 30 minutes each morning.”
Tip #3: Keep Your List of Resolutions Short
It’s good that you’re ambitious, but a laundry list of resolutions will set you on a path to failure from the get-go. Even the most disciplined person couldn’t possibly stick to numerous challenging resolutions all at once. Instead, pick several goals that you want to focus on this year and save the rest for New Year’s 2015.
Tip #4: Appoint an Accountability Partner
Find someone who will keep you motivated and will also get on your case whenever you start to waver. After all, we can’t always rely on ourselves to stay disciplined. And be sure to share your resolution list with your accountability partner. Of course we suggest giving it to them in a New Year’s card or even a New Year’s ecard (if they live far away).
Tip #5: Patience and Perseverance
Be patient and stay diligent. Most resolutions just require you to make something a habit. With a little time and a lot of repetition, your resolutions will become second-nature.