Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

How are those New Years Resolutions Doing? How many of you made some great resolutions at the start of the year? More importantly, how many of those resolutions have been kept?

We often start off with the best intentions – this year I am going to stick to those resolutions! A few weeks pass, the afterglow of the holiday season fades, and reality sets in. Busy lives with our families, work, and whatever else you may have on the go can really derail the best of intentions. This can leave us feeling defeated.

So, how do you keep those resolutions?

Keep Them Small

One of the best ways to stick to a new years resolution is to start small. Instead of saying “I’m going to go to the gym every day,” why not start with a couple of days a week? Or start with something that you know you can fit into your daily routine, such as a 15 minute walk, run, or whatever.

Or instead of “I’m not going to spend any money on x (when “x” is something you have routinely done or bought on a regular basis), how about “I will only spend money on x twice a week.”

Whatever it is, you are more likely to stick to a small change than a change that is really drastic. Set yourself up to succeed, not to fail! You can then build on your resolution throughout the year.

Plan Ahead

Resolutions we make at 12:01 am on New Years day without any prior planning or thought will more than likely go by the wayside very quickly. Any time is a good time to make positive changes in our lives. If you don’t make a plan before the new year, that’s ok! Give it some thought and realize that a change made on February 1st is just as good.

Let Others In On It

Tell others about your resolution. If those close to you know what it is you want to accomplish, they can help support you in your efforts.

Be Patient With Yourself

Apparently, it takes 21 days for a new habit to become routine – and 6 months or more before it is really ingrained into your life. It’s okay if you slip, just try to get back on track and don’t beat yourself up over it.

Make a List

Make a list of the reasons why you made the resolution – and a list of why you shouldn’t do it if there are any. You will be able to look at this list and it can help you with your resolve.

Have a healthy and happy year ahead!

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