The start of a New Year often feels like turning a new page and the perfect time to establish a new routine that will help you grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but are often hard to keep with most people abandoning theirs by the end of March.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, we’ve put these simple steps together to help you make sure yours stick.
1 — BE SPECIFIC
Choose a realistic, achievable goal. Focus in on something concrete that you can really set your sights on. Instead of a vague goal such as ‘lose weight’, make it specific by setting an amount you want to lose. If it’s saving money, say how much you want to save. Remember: don’t spread yourself to thinly, pick one goal and focus your energy on it.
2 — BREAK IT DOWN INTO STEPS
Brainstorm how you will tackle your goal. Simplify It into smaller, attainable goals. Focus on the small steps that will move you forward to the result. By starting your plan with a list, you are guaranteed to begin to check boxes off quickly. That way you can enjoy breezing through the simple, smaller tasks first. Don’t take on too much too quickly, this is a common reason why so many New Year’s resolutions fail.
3 — MAKE YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
Commit to the cause by making a written or verbal promise to yourself. You can go one step further and go public with this, post it to Facebook or Instagram, that way you’ll feel encouraged to slog through the tougher times. Alternatively, you can make a less public promise to a partner, friend or family member.
4 — USE SUPPORT TO MOTIVATE
A solid support system really does help you stay motivated. Your family and friends are there to help you achieve your goals. Better still, you could join a group of like-minded people that share your goal. Accepting help from those who care about you strengthens your resilience.
5 — BE PATIENT
Working towards your resolution is a process. It may take longer than you think to achieve your goals. It’s not a race to finish and remember even if you fall of the wagon, you can restart and continue on your journey towards your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.