According to research done by Forbes magazine, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of Americans actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Typically resolutions typically focus on better health (losing weight, exercising more, etc.), spending more time with family, new opportunities or quitting a bad habit.
In the past I have tried to make New Year’s Resolutions but I don’t recall a time when I was actually able to keep them. This year I want to make some changes in my life so I created 6 ways to help keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Write it down:
The first step to making changes is to write down your goals. I would encourage you to write them down and put them in a place that you will see them and remember them each day. Maybe you use a planner and you put your goal in there or maybe on a sticky note on your computer, just make sure it is somewhere where you will always be reminded of it.
2. Have a “Why”:
When making your goals be sure to determine your “why”. If you are making a New Year’s Resolution just to say you are making a New Year’s Resolution you are more than likely going to fail. If your goal is to lose weight, why are you doing it? Do you want to live a healthier life? Better your health? Fit into old clothes?
Make sure when setting your goals that you know why you are doing it and that you are doing it for yourself. Be sure your resolution is centered around something you are doing for yourself…not for someone else.
3. Set Small Attainable Goals:
An important part of your New Year’s Resolution is having a small goals that get you where you want to be. Let’s say your overall goal is to lose weight this next year, such as you want to lose 40 lbs by the end of the year. You want to break up your overall goal into smaller attainable goals, such as you want lose 10 lbs by the end of March, another 10 lbs by the end of June and so on.
Another example could be that you want to quit smoking. By the end of the first month you have cut down by x amount of cigarettes a week. Now move on to to the next small goal until you have met your ultimate goal of quitting smoking.
By making smaller more attainable goals you are more likely to meet your goal and you won’t get discouraged as quickly.
4. Plan it Out:
When making a new resolution be sure to plan out the steps that you will need to conquer it. If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight write down how you are going to do that. Are you going to change the way you eat, exercise more, or go through a pre-created challenge that includes both eating changes and exercise.
Plan out your meals each week so you can get all the healthy snacks and food from the store and can avoid making a bad choice when you are hungry. Plan your exercise routine for the week/month and hold yourself to that schedule.
5. Accountability Partner:
It’s important when making a life change to have someone that can help hold you accountable to your goals. It would be most helpful if you and your accountability partner have the same goals. Are both you and your significant other wanting to get healthier this next year. You will have more success when you are able to share your struggles and accomplishments with someone else. Your accountability partner should help encourage you along the way and be your confidante when you slip up (because that happens and it is completely fine).
Even if the closest people in your life don’t have the same goals ask them for help anyway. You could even join a Facebook group for support as well.
6. Keep a Journal:
During the year write down how you are progressing towards your goal. Maybe you are eating better and exercising more. Make sure you keep a record of how you are feeling so later when you want to eat something not great for you can remember how great it felt to eat well.
It may also be helpful to journal your exercises and how they are making you feel. You should be able to see how much stronger and healthier you are getting.
My New Year’s Resolutions:
- Eating Better
- Going to try this year for a more clean diet. Low carb has kind of worked in the past but isn’t sustainable long term for me.
- Exercising More
- I want to start exercising at least 3 days a week again. I love using Fitness Blender workout videos
- In this next year I really want to grow as a blogger. I want to challenge myself to blog on a more consistent basis and continue to get better at writing.
Let me know in the comments below what your New Year’s Resolutions are.