Top Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

March 02, 2018

We are already a few months into 2018 and for most of us, it’s getting harder to keep our New Year’s Resolutions exciting. Sure, that goal that we set to lose ten pounds or start saving a little more seemed like a good idea while we were waiting for the ball to drop, but how are we going to make sure that we stick through with it all year?

1. Don’t Get Discouraged.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: Don't get discourage

If your New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight, don’t get discouraged if you miss a day at the gym, or indulge in some truly transcendent baked goods. A hiccup along the way is what makes your New Year’s resolution journey personal. It’s healthy to recognize that you may have made a mistake, but the key is to get back up and persevere.

2. Stay Focused On Why.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: Stay focused on why

A few months into your New Year’s Resolution, it gets a little harder to stay focused on why you set this resolution in the first place. If you’re trying to save an extra $100 a month for a trip to your dream destination, you have to remind yourself why you have that goal. Maybe you are looking forward to seeing family, or escaping the unrelenting, sub-zero grasp of winter. Either way, be excited about why. Talk to your coworkers and friends about your plans. Google the sites you want to see, and the cuisine you are going to try. Make the resolution so real that your coworkers mutter bitterly into their coffee when you tell them that you’ve booked your tickets.

3. Plan For Success

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: plan for success

We all have moments of weakness. Sometimes weakness finds you while you’re eating out at a restaurant, or at three in the morning when you’re staring at a bag of chips with bright-eyes, muttering “we-don’t-have-to-tell-anybody.” The trick is in creating an environment where you aren’t surrounded by temptations. Maybe you have a hankering for carbs. Specifically, carbs smothered in chocolate with a dust of sea-salt. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to plan for success then the most important place to exercise your willpower is at the grocery store. If you eliminate your usual pitfalls, you’ll have no choice but to succeed. This way when weakness comes knocking, you won’t be able to betray the New Year’s resolution you’ve been working on for two months.

4. Hold Yourself Accountable

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: accountability

The hardest part about most New Year’s resolution is that often we set goals for ourselves and do them alone. If your boss asks you to come in early for a really important day at work, the odds are good that you will try your best to be there. But it’s sometimes a different story when you ask yourself to wake up an hour earlier to go to the gym. Whenever you think about hitting the snooze button, take a minute and reflect on how well you follow through on tasks for other people. You deserve to treat yourself with the same amount of respect that you give to others. Your goals are important. Your resolution is important. You are important. Don’t be afraid to act like it.

Keeping your New Year’s resolution isn’t easy, but strangely enough, that’s what makes it worthwhile. You can’t just crank out your New Year’s resolution the night before. You have to work at it every day. But the good news is that with a little perseverance you can create the positive change you have envisioned for yourself. Whether your resolution is big or small, following through should make you mighty proud. You can do this, and we can help.

Now take a deep breath and go do the right thing.

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