The first few weeks of January came and went in a flash! Deep sigh. You desperately want to stick to your resolutions, but you’re finding each day and even each passing hour to be a challenge.
Don’t give up now! In this blog post, I am going to discuss a few ways to stick to your resolutions this year.
Whether it’s losing weight, saving money, quitting a bad habit, or something else entirely, I’ve got you covered.
Choosing the same resolution year after year is not necessarily the best strategy. If you have failed before it might be difficult to quiet that nagging voice in the back of your mind.
The one that keeps on reminding you that you were not able to accomplish your goal last year. Tweak the resolution in some way so it doesn’t sound like a repeat resolution. If you want to lose ten pounds this year, slightly tweak your resolution so it doesn’t sound the same.
You could make a goal to work out more or cut sugar. When you believe in yourself, you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.
So, you ate a doughnut when you were trying to quit sugar. You just spent money frivolously when you were trying to save. It’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake!
Relapses will happen. As humans, we are fallible; we aren’t programmed to get everything right the first time around. Cut yourself some slack! Try to develop a new relationship with failure.
All of the great inventors, entrepreneurs, and creative artists failed a few times before getting it right. Dust yourself off and keep on going.
This time, try to learn something from your mistakes and use them as momentum to continue. As long as you have an upward trajectory, you’re succeeding!
When you have this grand ideal and lofty goal, it can feel insurmountable. Even thinking about tackling your goals can drain you of energy.
It’s time to get specific. Break down your goals into smaller pieces. After you’ve broken up your resolution into smaller chunks, get organized.
Write down in your calendar when you plan to take action on your goal. For example, if you want to exercise more and your first goal is to join a gym, write down when you plan to work out.
One of the ways to change a practice into a habit is to connect it to a habit. I’m guessing you brush your teeth every night.
If you want to read more, you could read for fifteen minutes right after you brush your teeth.
Do you drink coffee or read the newspaper in the morning? You could connect exercise to your morning ritual by putting your running shoes close to the breakfast table.
You’re using existing rituals to create connections in your brain. You’ll begin connecting the new practice to the habit. Before you know it, these new practices will become ingrained habits.
I hope these tips help you follow through on your resolutions. Think about why this goal matters to you.
The combination of self-belief and daily habits will help you get the desired results. Let’s make 2020 a year filled with positive change!
Working hard to accomplish your goals will make you so proud. I am sending you thoughts of success, focus, and motivation!