5 Ways To Create a New Years Resolution You Can Stick To

Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in , ,

1.   Be realistic

❤ When making a new years resolution, remember to make it something that you can do physically, emotionally, and mentally.  It is always a good thing to challenge yourself, but never make a resolution that is too huge to accomplish in a certain amount of time (i.e.-losing 100 lbs in 10 days).  Setting huge unrealistic goals will only lead to you becoming discouraged. This may ultimately cause you to give up before you even really get started.

2.   Set small goals

❤ Once you have come up with a resolution that is realistic, take the time to break your overall goal up into smaller goals.  By setting smaller goals that lead to your overall goal, you will be able to take small steps instead of one big leap.  This may help to decrease any stress, or anxiety you may have about achieving your goal.

3.  Get a resolution buddy

❤ If you know someone who has a similar new years resolution, pair up!  Having a buddy can be very beneficial, because he/she can serve as an extra outlet and an extra source of motivation for you.  If you ever need someone to talk to about your goal or to remind you of why you set that goal, your buddy will be there to help. 

4.   Set check in points

❤ Now that you’ve set your small goals and have your buddy in tow, it is time to assess your progress.  Set check points throughout the year so that you can monitor how well you are doing. (i.e. adjusting the amount of time you spend in the gym, or cutting back on sweets an extra day out of the week). This will allow you to acknowledge and celebrate what is working and to change what is not working.

5.  Reward yourself for when you make progress

❤ This is definitely self-explanatory! Decide what will really motivate you for both your smaller and bigger goals.  Your reward should match your progress and goals.  The bigger your goals and progress, the bigger your reward should be.  Celebrate solo and with your buddy!

Have you ever achieved the goal you set for your new years resolution? What did you do? What worked for you?


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