Every year, you resolve to change something about your life. And every year by January 10th or so you forget about it and/or give up. It may not actually be January 10th. It may be February 2nd, or March 17th, or January 3rd. But at some point every year, the New Year’s resolution that you cared so much about fades away.
Let this year be the year that your New Year’s Resolution sticks. Whatever your resolution may be, you can make sure that you keep it all year and beyond provided that you prepare yourself mentally for the road ahead. The following are strategies that can help you ready yourself for your New Year’s Resolution.
Strategies to Complete Your New Year’s Resolution
- – Find Your Reason – Resolutions need to have a justification. “I want to lose weight” by itself is a nice goal, but not a reason. As you work towards your goal, you’ll find that you’re faced with setbacks, and other opportunities that compete for your time. If you don’t have a strong reason for wanting to achieve that goal, you’ll find quickly that it becomes less of a priority.
- – Plan SMART Goals – Maintaining your resolutions are easier when you use a SMART goal system. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. You should come up with realistic mini-goals on a deadline that you work your way towards one step at a time. This allows you to see progress, stay focused, and keep you working towards your resolution.
- – Have Accountability – Don’t keep your goal a secret or try to obtain it on your own. Have a system to keep you accountable, such as posting progress online or having friends and family monitor you and check in with you often.
- – Set Frequent Reminders – Something in your life should be there to remind you every day of the goal (and your reason for wanting to achieve it). It may be reminders set up on your phone, post-it notes around your house, or something else, but you’ll need something that you won’t “zone out” that you can remind yourself of the goals you want to achieve.
- – Anticipate Setbacks – No New Years resolution is easy. Setbacks and challenges will occur. You should figure out what setbacks you are most likely to face along the way, and have a plan in mind for overcoming them that you will implement no matter what.
- – Plan a No-Cheat Rule – If you “cheat” once, you’ll keep doing it. This is most commonly seem with diet. For example, if you say “I’m going to be a vegetarian this year” and you eat chicken “just once” for fun because you’re out with friends, you’ll quickly find yourself eating it again and again. This idea is true of all resolutions, including exercise, saving money, learning a new hobby, etc. If you are already going to accept cheating on your resolution then it is doomed to failure.
Make a Resolution and Keep It
You don’t need to wait for the New Year to make change. Any time you feel as though you are ready to make a serious change in life, you should make it. But when you do have a resolution, make it meaningful, and use the above tips to prepare yourself for keeping your resolution. Let this year be the year your resolution makes a real difference.
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