How to Keep a Resolution

At the start of the new year, many of us make resolutions that we hope to stick to throughout the entire year. Whether you need to lose some weight, or you want to achieve a different goal, it can be tough to stay with your resolution as the seasons change. If you’re not sure how you can stick to your resolutions, read on for a few helpful tips that will make your new year easy so you can be proud of your new accomplishments.

Resolutions don’t need to be complicated, and neither does sticking to them, all that needs to happen is:

Start Small

It’s important to remember that nothing is ever accomplished overnight. Start your resolution goals small and take baby steps as you progress toward the end achievement. When you start slowly and small, it’s much easier to measure all your accomplishments. You can encourage this by writing down every baby step you make. It’s a great way to keep yourself encouraged and look back on your progress later so see how far you’ve come.

Get a Support System

Whether it’s your best friend or a family member, everyone needs support when they’re working toward a goal. Make sure you surround yourself by people who are supportive, but who will also hold you accountable. If you plan to exercise more this year, join a local gym or take a class. As you develop new relationships with people who share the same resolutions, it will be much easier to stick to it. Having the right support such as family and friends can make a significant difference for your success, and they’ll create a sense of togetherness that will make your journey better.

Think Long Term

If you really want to stick to your resolutions, you’ve got to think long-term. After the festivals, skiing trips, and outdoor holiday fires are over, you’ll still need to work toward whatever it is you plan to achieve. Write down your main goals, and then create an outline and a plan for how you can carry them through to fruition. If you focus on the bigger picture, the small strides you make will be even more fulfilling.

Change Your Routine

If you really want to stick to your new resolutions, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your routine. When you integrate new behaviors into your life, it’s much easier to accomplish the goals you set out to achieve. Here are some examples of how you can transform your current routine and make it more accommodating to your resolutions:

•   If you want to lose weight, plan your meals out the week ahead. Pack lunches in advance so you can grab them and go, which will make it easier to stick to your new eating regimen.

•   If saving money is your goal, start making coffee at home, put a set amount of cash into savings each month, or work on a new investment plan.

•   To spend more family time, set aside a dedicated time each week with your family to play a game or watch a movie for more togetherness.

•   For large goals like buying a home or going on a dream vacation, write down every small thing you do that helps you reach that goal so you can visualize it when it happens.

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