Make your resolution specific and achievable.
Instead of resolving to cut out junk food for the whole year, replace one unhealthy snack with a healthy option once a week. Or instead of resolving to “exercise more”, try setting a goal of going for a 30-minute walk every day. Help yourself by making your resolutions manageable and realistic, you are more likely to stick to them throughout the year.
Set small, achievable goals along the way.
Setting small, achievable goals along the way will help you stay motivated. Mini-victories propel us to keep going with enthusiasm!
Don’t overwhelm yourself – small steps lead to big dreams!
Keep track of your progress.
Measuring your progress reinforces the fact that you’re on a journey. A journey that consists of small steps that lead to huge results.
Taking time to keep track of your progress gives a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small those steps are.
Find an accountability partner.
Having someone to share your goals with and check in with can be a great way to stay on track.
It’s easier to achieve your goals if you have a buddy who shares the same interests or goals.
They can check in with you, talk through challenges, and establish accountability.
Be flexible and adaptable. If your resolution isn’t working out, it’s okay to adjust your plan or try something new.
Instead of getting stuck in a rut when your resolution isn’t working out, try to be flexible and adaptable. Consider adjusting your goal and finding a new way to make it happen. Was your goal too ambitious or time consuming? Do you need extra help or accountability?
Being flexible and adaptable will get you further than being stubborn.
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. Nobody’s perfect, and it’s okay to make mistakes. Get back on track as soon as you can.
Everyone messes up sometimes, and it’s important to remember that this is normal. You don’t need to dwell on the slip-up or give yourself a hard time. Instead, take it as an opportunity to commit to resolving the slip-up and getting back on track. Even if it takes some time, you’ll have more success if you pick yourself back up in a positive way instead of beating yourself down in frustration. Don’t forget: everyone makes mistakes — even perfectionists slip up! Nobody’s perfect, so keep your chin up and work on finding your resolution.
Celebrate your successes. Take time to appreciate how far you’ve come and the progress you’ve made.
Celebrate and appreciate the progress you make daily, weekly, or monthly. This reinforces your goals and resolution. It can be as small as stopping for a latte, watching a movie, or reading a book; anything that you love to do! Celebrating our success is like giving ourselves rewards and creates positive motivation. So why not indulge yourself every now and then by celebrating these moments?
Celebrate your accomplishments often and provide yourself with that much deserved moment.
Cut yourself some slack. It’s okay to take a break or have an off day. Just don’t let it turn into a habit.
We all wish we could have perfect days every day but that’s nothing more than fantasy. Life happens and taking some slack doesn’t mean you’re giving up. Taking breaks or even having an off day is fine, as long as it doesn’t become a habit.
Practicing self care is essential so don’t be afraid to show yourself some slack when needed.
Keep your resolution visible. Put a reminder somewhere you’ll see it every day to help stay motivated.
Nothing’s quite as inspiring as a visible reminder of what you’re working toward. Put a note on the fridge, hang it up in your car, or tape the goal to your laptop so you can see it every day. A visible reminder helps you persist on the days when you’re not motivated or focus waivers.
Get support. Surround yourself with people who support and encourage your resolution.
They can provide motivation and help you stay on track.
Find people who will help you and provide motivation when the going gets tough.
They can help hold you accountable and give you the push you need to stick with it for the long haul. Having support from friends, family, or mentors can be a key factor in making meaningful changes in your life!