It’s that time again, the stress of the holidays are over for now and it’s an important time for many people when ringing in the new year. It’s not only a new year, but a new decade. Most people will make one or more new years’ resolutions, but by month 2 or 3, our motivation seems to fall by the wayside. I know this has happened to me a lot so I wanted to share with you some tips to keeping your new years’ resolution in 2020. Let’s go.
Why It’s Hard To Keep Resolutions
The reason why less than 10 percent of us keep our new years’ resolution, is for a few reasons:
- Unattainable Goals – Many of us create goals that are just too big. If your goal is to lose 100lbs in 10 months for example, it is definitely attainable but do you have the time and resources to follow through? Take it day by day and don’t think too far ahead into the future.
- Giving Up Too Soon – Giving up too easily and too soon is a big reason it’s hard to keep our resolutions. Many of us create our resolutions with a genuine belief that we can accomplish them, then March comes around and our excitement wears off.
- Finances – Many peoples resolution is to lose weight or get fit. Sometimes this requires joining a weight loss program or a gym membership, then we realize the expense of it all and it turns out to be more than we can afford with our budget.
- Doing It Alone – Don’t go it alone, whether it’s hitting the gym or quitting smoking or drinking, Most people do better with a group or with a buddy. This creates accountability and you can cheer each other on and be a support for each other.
- No Plan – You say you’re going to lose 20 lbs or work on something but you have no plan. You need to create a plan to help you achieve your goals.
How To Keep Your Resolutions
Here are some ways to stop the cycle of making then breaking resolutions. Here are some awesome tips to help you follow through:
- Make a Plan – How are you going to outline your plan for your resolution? Make a list, not too far ahead into the future, of what you will do day to day, make a plan of your goals only 2 or 3 weeks in advance. What will you do if you find temptation to skip the gym? Have a plan someone you can call on for help.
- Plan Ahead – (but not too far) Don’t make your plan on new years’ eve, do it ahead of time. If you wait until the last minute you will feel pressured and rushed.
- Be Realistic – Unattainable goals are just that, unattainable If you say your going to lose 50 lbs in 2 months, that’s not likely or healthy so stick with smaller goals I would say monthly stay realistic.
- Make A List of Pros & Cons – Writing a list of items will keep your motivation at the fore front of your mind. Keep it with you and add to it as you go.
- Short Term Goals – Keep track of small successes. Short term goals are easier to stick to and write your progress in a journal. This way you can stay motivated to see how far you have come.
- Stick it Out – They say it takes 21 days to change or make a new habit. Take it slow and don’t get frustrated or down on yourself for the occasional slip up. After those 21 days, it will become second nature.
- Reward Yourself – Celebrate your success by buying yourself something nice, or doing something just for you that you enjoy. If it’s your diet your trying to change, don’t go eating a whole gallon of ice cream, instead treat yourself to something else.
Keeping those resolutions can be tough but staying away from lofty goals and thinking short term will help you keep your resolutions or any goal any time of year your trying to achieve. Remaining positive is a big force in obtaining your goals. Deep breathing and mediation help as well if you become too stressed out.
Just remember to lean on someone you trust for support. Any goal is obtainable through dedication and hard work, keep your focus and write down your goals and accomplishments. I hope you found these tips to keeping your new years’ resolution helpful.
Have you made a new years’ resolution? Have you achieved a particular goal in the past? I would love to hear your thoughts so please don’t hesitate to leave your comments or questions down below! Happy New Year!!