10 Great tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions
Let’s be honest, we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions that we haven’t kept, and most of us will have made resolutions that didn’t even last until the end of New Year’s Day, but that won’t stop us making a whole new load of resolutions this year. If you want to break the cycle of broken New Year’s resolutions, we have a plan of action for you to follow to make this year’s promises to yourself – ones that you keep. Here are our top ten tips on how to make New Resolutions that you will keep to this year.
1. Plan before you make a resolution
Don’t wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve to think about your New Year’s resolutions, start making the plans for them now, because those spur of the moment resolutions that you make after far too much champagne on the night are doomed to failure. Think about what you are planning to do in advance and decide how you will avoid temptation. A bit of forward thinking now will help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions well into the New Year.
2. Set realistic targets
If you set the bar too high, you are more likely to fail, so be realistic about the goals you are going to set yourself. If you eat far too much chocolate, then set a goal to eat less, rather than fooling yourself that you will give up chocolate altogether.
3. Tell everyone what your resolutions will be
Don’t make New Year promises just to yourself, tell all your friends and family about what it is you plan to achieve. It will make it much easier to stick to your resolution and you will get some encouragement and support too. The best option would be to share your resolution with a friend. Doing something like giving up smoking is much easier to do, when you and a friend are going through the same thing together.
4. Make a motivational list
Write down a list of the reasons why you are making your resolution and that will help motivate you in the future. Your list should include all the things that you will gain by sticking to your resolutions, like saving money, being able to become more active, or even being able to live longer. Keep the list with you, so you can refer to it in times of temptation and try to add to the list as time goes on.
5. Break down goals into manageable chunks
Setting a goal, such as something like ‘getting fit’, or losing weight’, is very vague and it would be easy to give up on. Break down your resolution into achievable, smaller goals that you can measure. Rather than ‘get fit’, you might want to set a target number of miles that you want to be able to run comfortably and, instead of ‘losing weight’, you could aim to lose a certain number of pounds within six months.
6. Keep a record of your progress
Keep a journal of your progress and that will help you see how well you are doing. If your goal is weight loss, for example, it can be very off-putting focusing on your big target of, say, 30 pounds, but if you see that you are making steady progress toward that target, it will give you the motivation to carry on.
7. Give yourself rewards
Giving yourself little treats when you reach small milestones can help provide you with the motivation to carry on. If you stopped smoking for three weeks, you could spend some of the money you have saved on something just for you. If you resolved to eat more healthily, then a one-off pizza wouldn’t be the end of the world. Just make sure that you don’t blow all your hard work and go back to your old ways though.
8. Get some support
Depending on what your resolution is, having the support of other people who have gone through the same thing can be very helpful. Find people you know who have successfully given up smoking, lost weight, or cut down in their drinking, and ask for their advice and for their support too, when you need it. If they have been through the same process, they will know exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through.
9. Don’t let one slip make you quit
Don’t beat yourself up if you stray off your course, because it is very likely to happen. Just take one day at a time and, if you do slip, try and work out why and what led up to that slip and you will be able to avoid that happening again the next time.
10. Stick to your guns
It doesn’t matter how much of a support network you have around you or how much you have planned in advance, ultimately, whether or not you stick to your resolve will be entirely up to you. These tips will help, but the most important tip of all is – don’t give up. Some things are tough to achieve, but that’s why they are important to achieve. Stick with it, and you will be glad that you did.