Ways to help keep New Years Resolutions

Chances are at some time in your life you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. To be honest, I don’t think I have kept a resolution in years…

This year, let’s stop the cycle wanting to make changes and then not following through and then feeling down on yourself. 

Be Realistic

The way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For example, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. 

Strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding chocolate more often than you do now.

Plan Ahead

Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. 

If you wait until the last minute, it could be based on your mindset that particular day. 
Try to have a plan in place before December 31 arrives.

Have a Plan

Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. 

This could be calling a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “cheating” will affect your goal.

Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List

It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. 

Develop this list over time; make notes or motivational messages for yourself.

Keep your list and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolution.

No Secrets

Don’t keep your resolution a secret. 

Tell friends and family members who will be there to support you. 

A great scenario would be to find a buddy who shares the same New Year’s resolution and you can motivate each other!

Reward Yourself

This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates.

Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. 

If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.

Small Success

Keep track of each small success. 

Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. 

Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. 

Keep a resolution journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each small accomplishment.

Dont Beat Yourself Up

Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. 

Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

Stick with It

Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. 

It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!

Keep Trying

If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. 

Start over again! 

Recommit yourself for 24 hours. 

Before you know it, you will be back on track.

What are your 2020 goals? 

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