With only a week into the New Year, many people have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions. It’s admirable to make real efforts to improve yourself but while some people can do it for the first few months, many can’t make it thru the week. This leaves a small few who actually follow through and complete their goals.
Here are some tips to help you follow through with your New Year’s resolution and ultimately achieve the results you desire:
Make your resolution specific, realistic and achievable – A popular resolution is weight loss, considering this goal eating a specific amount of calories a day may not be realistic.
Try something else that will result in weight loss like reducing your calorie intake by a healthy amount weekly or incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. As you can see, these goals are more realistic, quite specific in strategy and more do-able and healthier than simply saying you’re going to lose 30 pounds or only eat 1,000 calories a day.
- If your resolution or strategy for achievement isn’t realistic, change it now for improved success.
Keep your resolution in mind – Jot down your resolution on a note or in your journal, place it on your refrigerator or near a mirror. Log it on your calendar. You can even keep your resolution written down on a piece of paper on the front seat or visor of your car. When your goals are on your mind daily, you’re more likely to complete them.
Have those closest to you frequently mention your resolution – This should be no problem considering your friends and family want you to be successful. When they are checking in with you on your goals it should be non-threatening, something like, “So how is your New Year’s resolution coming along?”
- Discuss your struggles, plans and daily successes with people who love and support you. Your New Year’s resolution cannot be forgotten when you discuss it often with people who care.
Start each day early – Set up a strategy for your resolution so you can do something beneficial to your goal first thing in the morning. Since most people are at their freshest and most energetic in the morning, it’s good to be able to complete something related to your resolution soon after you get up.
- If your resolution is associated with nutrition or weight loss, eating a balanced breakfast will get your day off to a great start.
- If you’ve resolved to get more exercise, getting in 15 to 30 minutes of exercise would start your day off well.
- Goals to delve more into a subject or learn a new language can be achieved by studying for a half-hour each morning.
- Plan to take a step toward your resolution in the mornings. That way, you’ll start the day off with your resolutions in mind and feel positive and successful all day.
Be flexible – Allow yourself permission to tweak your resolution as time goes on. Perhaps you’re unable to drop your calorie intake from 2,500 calories down to 1,500 in one day. So, don’t beat yourself up if you consume 2,200 calories a day. In a couple weeks you can cut another 100 or so calories from your diet.
- Don’t constrain yourself, you can make desired changes related to your resolution gradually. The more flexible you are, the more likely you’ll achieve your resolution sometime during the year.
Staying focused on your New Year’s resolution as long as it takes to be successful is possible. Simply apply the above mentioned strategies: make it realistic and specific, keep your resolution in mind, talk about it with friends and family, start early in the morning and be flexible regarding your resolution to achieve your goal.
Stick to your New Year’s resolution to experience one of your most inspiring years ever!
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