6 Tips to Stay On Track with Your New Year's Resolutions
Have you felt yourself slipping back into your old ways? This is so normal! The start of the New Year is invigorating and everyone is talking about their goals so it’s easy to stay on track. Yet, as the year progresses it’s easy to fall away from the intentions you set for yourself. So how do we break the cycle of not following through on New Year’s resolutions and stay on track this year? Here are 6 steps to keep you going:
Picking the right resolution for you is KEY! Ask yourself what’s really important to you and make sure it aligns with your values. There are also some vital ingredients in an actionable resolution. The right resolution will be: detailed, measurable, realistic and have a timeline.
Okay, so now that you have double checked your resolution, you need to know how to keep working to achieve it. This means understanding how habits and behaviors work. If you try to implement a night and morning routine, workout five days per week when you used to make it to the gym five days per month, go cold turkey with sugar, quit drinking, meditate three times per day, etc. you are just setting yourself up for failure girlfriend! True change is created by altering one small behavior at a time. I know this doesn’t sound fun, but it works! And that’s what we want right - New Year’s resolutions that are here to stay!
Maybe you’ve already made your plan. But, now that you know you need to take it one small behavior at a time, let’s look over that plan one more time. Instead of changing everything, change one thing at a time. For instance, maybe your resolution is to stick to a morning and night routine. First, try meditating every morning for a week. Once that becomes a habit, try doing it at night too. Then, after another week, try journaling before bed. Find what works for you. Make an actionable, measurable plan that isn’t overwhelming!
It’s important to make sure your environment is preparing you to own your resolution. If you’re wanting to start working towards healthier eating habits, don’t keep sweets you know you’re tempted by in the kitchen. Alter your environment to give you the best odds at staying committed to your goals.
Are you talking about your goal? If not, you should! Talking about the things we are working towards helps to keep us accountable and it might just inspire someone to do it with you.
This is so important. Maybe you’re slipping away from your resolution, but it’s okay. Life comes in seasons and you have to be patient with yourself. Understand that you won’t be perfect on this journey. There will be failures and that’s just part of life! Reward yourself and understand perfection isn’t what we are going for here - it’s not all or nothing!
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What are your New Year’s resolutions and how are you going to alter your plan of action to make sure you’re staying on track?