The new year is fast approaching, which means it’s time for everyone to make a load of empty promises to themselves and then promptly forget all about them a few weeks later. Want to make 2015 different and actually keep your resolutions? Follow these simple steps.
Get A Resolution Buddy
Having a friend to support you with a goal is a great way to set yourself up for success. It’s easy to break a resolution when you’re not accountable to anyone except yourself, so share your goal with a friend and ask them to help you stick to it. This works best if your friend has a similar resolution.
For example, if you have a friend who’s hoping to lose a few pounds this year, ask them to be your gym partner and make a commitment to go work out a few times a week together.
Make It Manageable
Many of us have grand ambitions for change and then can’t quite live up to the expectation. When setting your resolutions, think about whether it’s truly achievable or just a pipe dream. Set small, manageable goals and then give yourself the chance to re-assess the next step once you’ve reached them.
Have A Plan Of Action
It’s easy to say, “This year I’m going to lose weight” or, “I’m going to quit smoking.” Putting those theories into action is a little more difficult. Rather than deciding to lose 20 pounds, make a game plan for how exactly you’re going to go about that. Resolve to hit the gym on certain days of the week or eliminate certain items from your diet until you’ve hit your goal. Having a resolution is a good first step, but you need to work out exactly how you’re going to achieve it, too.
Offer Yourself A Reward
A little motivation for change can go a long way, so set yourself up with rewards for each small goal that you reach. Tell yourself that you can buy something you’ve been eyeing up for a while now if you make it to March without breaking your resolution. Make sure you truly have incentive to change.
Avoid All Or Nothing Thinking
The problem with resolutions is that once they’re broken it’s easy to give up on the goal altogether. Don’t abandon your ambition just because you’ve slipped up and had a cigarette or eaten a large slice of cheesecake. Give yourself the chance to start over, no matter what day of the year it might be.