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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Tired of breaking your New Year’s resolution and giving up after just a couple weeks? Check out tips on how to stay focused and accomplish your goals!

Worried that you won’t keep your 2020 New Year’s resolution? The best way to make sure you stick with your New-Year-New-Me plan is to start now. 

Making a New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions transcend religions and cultures alike. They stem from multiple influences, including promises to a god and vows of moral conduct. These annual declarations of leading better lives and achieving goals in the upcoming year have long steeped in tradition.

However, according to a study by Richard Wiseman, more than three-quarters of people fail at keeping their promises. The most common reasons for breaking New Year’s resolutions include:

  • Having unrealistic goals.
  • Making too many resolutions.
  • Not keeping track of progress.
  • Forgetting about them.

Those who make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to succeed than those who initiate the same goals at a different point in the year. 

Don’t decide to become a whole new you overnight and take on a dozen new habits. You are more likely to adhere to common goals, such as exercise more and quit smoking. Select one or two objectives initially and then incorporate more into your lifestyle as they become routine.  

Tracking your progress can make you feel more productive as well as incentivize you. Looking back on what you have accomplished illustrates how each day can bring you closer to your goal. Keeping track of your progress will also keep you mindful of your intention. You can also create an inspiration board, such as saving for travel! 

Utilizing apps can make the process easier. Or, return to basics with calendars and lists so you can enjoy the physical satisfaction of crossing off items and marking headway. Likewise, you can set up calendars and lists in locations where you view them every day, which will keep your mind on the task. 

Turning Your Goals a Habit

Most goals require consistent effort like, for instance, adhering to a diet and exercise routine to reach fitness objectives. No matter what your ambitions are, you can train yourself to accomplish them just by setting a bit of time away each day or week to work. 

Contrary to the belief that it only takes 21 days to make a habit a routine, it takes two months on average according to a study. However, the spectrum of the 96 subjects ranged from 18 to 254 days.

The time it takes for you to make a behavior a practice may take more or less time depending on several factors. The most important influence is to not give up after getting off track. It may take you a year and 365 attempts to become addicted to your new lifestyle but you can do it. 

Habit-Forming Tips

  • Start small and work up to a bigger change – Like crawling before you walk, don’t set your personal expectations too high. Celebrate your small victories on your way towards your goal.
  • Be consistent by setting a schedule – Make your goals as important as going to work and commit to a set time to work on your objective. If weekends are the only time to work on your goals, then you have to tell friends and family you have less leisure time.
  • Remain flexible if you need to adjust or skip – Life events happen and you may need to take a time out from your plan. However, a temporary pause doesn’t mean you need to wait for next year to reach your goals.
  • Set clear intention and tell those around you – Vague terms like “should” and “trying” can psychologically undermine you into believing your goal isn’t important. Make a strong commitment to yourself and your peers by stating you will reach your goal!

What’s your New Year’s resolution and plan to accomplish your goals?

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