It’s no secret that following through on a New Year’s resolution is difficult! Yet, making a resolution in the first place is a good start. According to a study by the University of Scranton, people who made a New Year’s resolution were far more likely to keep it than those who have similar goals, but did not. By July, for example, 46 percent of people who made resolutions continued to be successful compared to only 4 percent without a resolution.
With that said, there is still a long journey to the finish line after deciding what your goal will be for the New Year. To help you succeed in the 12 months ahead, we provided some tried and true tips to help you each step of the way. We know you can do it!
1. Make Yourself Accountable
There is nothing scarier than telling the world your new, courageous goal. That’s why telling is exactly what you’re going to do! Announce your resolution on your social network, try the Seinfeld productivity secret, email your friends and family, and – if you’re really brave – start a blog to publicly keep track of your journey. Whether it’s for two people or two million, announcing your goal out loud is enough to keep you motivated.
2. Start Early
If New Year’s Day is not when you’d like to start your resolution, start a few days early. We know the holidays make most any goal tough, but try a few small steps to help you get your head in the game. For example, if you want to exercise four times a week, you can work up to it by starting at twice or even three times a week . Another suggestion is to select a future date, say January 15, and start preparing for that day in the weeks before.
3. Make Technology Your Friend
Gadgets can certainly take us away from healthy habits, or they can help us keep them. Today there are a plethora of tech tools that help us organize and keep track of our goals. Check this list of our favorite health and wellness apps – and more here!
4. Set Up A Rewards System
This one might sound childish, but adults need rewards for good behavior too! If you’re someone who shopped everyday, but your goal is to shop once a month, give yourself a small reward for each month that you achieve your resolution. Might we suggest something from our recent Holiday Gift Guide?
5. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself
The last thing you want is to let one slip-up get in the way of your hard work. Allow yourself a few mistakes in the process, try to be patient, and embrace self love. Committing to a resolution doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing experience. Allow yourself “this one time” and keep going.
For an even more in-depth guide and workbook to your resolutions for mind, body, and spirit, check out our Definitive Guide to Accomplishing Your Resolutions.
What techniques have you found successful in keeping your resolutions?