It’s that time of year again – the time where we reflect on the past year and decide how we want to make changes for the following year. It may be a time where you excitingly plan for your hopes and goals. Or perhaps you look at it with dread, as it brings up all of your past failed New Year’s Resolutions.
But regardless of how you feel about setting New Year’s Resolutions, the New Year is a time where you can start off with a clean slate, and set a new intention for the upcoming year. So if you want to make a change for yourself, the New Year is the perfect excuse to do it!
However, it can be a daunting task to try to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. Following a post-holiday slump, it can be a struggle to stay motivated. And as time passes, it’s often easier to give up on our resolutions altogether (hence why most New Year’s Resolutions fail).
So how do you stick with your New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 5 ways that will help:
1) PLAY BIG BUT START SMALL
Oftentimes we make our goals small, thinking we can’t achieve greater. We underestimate our abilities and undermine our potential. However, with a little faith and determination, we are capable of achieving our desires. Most people give up on their goals because it either does not excite them, or they give up when things get challenging. So if you start your goal setting process by playing big, you will be more inspired to reach the end destination.
It’s important to note that another key aspect of sticking with resolutions is to break your ‘big’ goal apart. Tackle the goal by breaking it down into tangible steps. Have your end game plan in view, and work backwards. What steps do you need to take, and what do you need to do to be successful? Knowing these elements will greatly improve the likelihood of reaching your goals.
2) SHARE YOUR GOALS
Sometimes you need a little accountability to stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions. I mean it’s much easier to give up on a goal if no one knows about it right? By speaking your resolutions aloud, you are much more likely to follow through with the plan and you may even get some positive reinforcement out of it.
Decide now who you are going to share your resolution with, and make the commitment to do so. If you don’t think everyone will be supportive of your desires, you don’t need to share them with everyone. As long as you have a supportive tribe that will build you up and push you to continue with your goal then you will be on your way to complete it.
3) SEEK SUPPORT
Often resolutions are difficult to do alone. If you want to improve your fitness routine, you may want to reach out to a personal trainer. Or perhaps you are wanting to feel more creative in the New Year, so you decide to use Pinterest as a supportive tool. Figure out what the missing pieces are that are preventing you from getting from A to Z, and seek out the resources that will help you get there.
4) ANTICIPATE THE LIMITS OF YOUR WILLPOWER
If you can think of the potential setbacks, you are more able to prevent them from happening. Your willpower may only push you so far because your mind will come up with excuse after excuse, and will try to trick you into not reaching your goal. So if you are able to anticipate these excuses, you can get ahead of them.
It’s important to set up your life to minimize any temptations that may arise while working towards your resolution. Therefore, write out a list of any possible excuses or roadblocks that may come up. And one-by-one, come up with the necessary steps that will help prevent these roadblocks from deterring you. This will greatly improve your chances of triumph!
5) CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHYS
If you are playing the ‘should’ game when creating your New Year’s Resolution, you are playing the game wrong. So don’t start making goals that you think you ‘shoud’ do. You need to be 100% sure your resolutions are intentional, or you are setting yourself up to fail. If the goal doesn’t feel ‘right’ or seems a bit ‘off’, then it’s not meant for you. A good way to assess whether a resolution is a good fit or not is to ask yourself if you will be truly happy after you accomplish it. For example, are you one of those people that continuously strive to lose weight every year? If so, ask yourself if you would actually be happy in a smaller body, or is it something else you are craving (i.e more self-love & confidence). Choosing the right whys for your goals can be quite powerful in deciding if you achieve them or not.