Tips About How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Steph Kaye on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 1:29pm.

Happy New Year

We celebrate the New Year with so much joy and enthusiasm, hoping that the rest of the year could be as beautiful and as wonderful as the beginning of it. And with the new beginnings and fresh starts, we are hoping to make the most of the New Year ahead. New Year’s Resolutions are a tradition for most. People love making lists of things they want to have or want to change. But sometimes, there are too many good intentions are spread too thin.

Unfortunately, the people making resolutions, only a portion will be able to check a few off their list, and about a handful will be able to accomplish the entire list.  The most common New Year’s resolutions are the same every year... It is always to lose weight and get fit, spend less and save more, quit bad habits like smoking or drinking, be more organized, be more adventurous and spend more time with the family. 

And while it’s never bad to set high goals, the weight of expectations can often bear down on us and cause us to fail, especially if the motivation behind those goals are with other people and not ourselves. We make lists every year as a tradition but we never have follow-through or question why we fail. Instead of thinking it through, we carry over last year’s resolutions, last year’s let downs. So now, a few days after we have made our New Year’s Resolutions, here are some tips to keeping to your list.

Make small scale promises. This year, instead of making grand promises that may be a little too hard to keep or even remember, start with smaller, more achievable goals than work up to the main ones. 

List things that do not require a lot of willpower to achieve. Instead of planning to get into shape, with the thought of losing 30 pounds or more, plan on becoming more physically fit by maybe going on a jog more regularly or to visit the gym. Keep the bigger goal in mind, but don’t hope for instant results.

Make a shorter list. Try making just one resolution. If you have to make only one promise, one change, make sure that it is that one that will matter. Giving up smoking, is a big promise that would require extensive amounts of energy and control. There might be times where one could slip back into old habits and break the promise but there is all year to get it done. The resolution to give up a bad habit is putting yourself and your needs first. One’s health is and should always be a top priority. Make meaningful promises to make meaningful changes. Make goals that are set to make yourself better physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. 

Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve to make resolutions because we usually start the year physically, financially, mentally unprepared to make them happen. The bigger the resolution, the more time needed to prepare for it. However, when the New Year approaches and we are not prepared to work on our goals just yet, take some time to ready yourself instead of just jumping in the challenge. And New Year isn’t the only time we can decide on making resolutions. We can always decide to change for the better any day of the year.

Share your goals with others who are making similar goals as you. It would be much easier doing this with people to accompany and remind you of it. This will also make them aware that you have set your mind on some resolutions and to keep them from unknowingly tempt you into breaking any of it. 

Resolve to love yourself. As sad as it is, at the end of it all, you’ll be the only one there for you. It will be your hands putting down those cigarettes, your feet carrying you while you jog, and your entire body keeping you still to stop you making a poor decision and breaking your resolution.

We promise to make all these changes about ourselves at the start of the year because we feel that we are not fit enough, not attractive enough, not smart or successful enough, and not disciplined enough as the people we compare ourselves, too. In reality, we probably won’t be exactly the same as them, too. Good thing is, we can be better. We can be the best possible versions of ourselves. Once we have learned to love ourselves, learn how to appreciate the small things and stop hurrying through life. Life, just like 2014, is short, so try to make the most of it.

Happy New Year and the New You in 2015!

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