“New Year’s resolutions” have had a bad reputation over the past few years. The message that we are all “perfect just the way we are” is a wonderfully uplifting message that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. This is an especially important message because many of the New Year’s resolution messages come from the diet industry trying to push new weight loss products onto people who don’t need them!
But I also believe that determination and goals help us grow and develop. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get better at something, and having a specific goal in mind can help you get there.
The feeling of accomplishment when you stick to your resolution is also special! I’m very happy that I was able to accomplish many of my “20 Things to Do in 2020” goals. Of course, there were a lot of things we couldn’t do due to Covid restrictions, but we still managed to accomplish quite a few things!
I’m always the type of person who sets ambitious goals at the beginning of the year. For example, in 2019 he will challenge 12 times a month. Over the years, I’ve discovered various tricks to actually accomplish these New Year’s resolutions.
Here are some methods I’ve found that really help me stick to my New Year’s resolutions…
Tag new habits onto established habits
We all have ingrained routines that we follow every day, like brushing our teeth when we wake up in the morning or reading a book before we go to bed. The easiest way to form a new habit is to tag it with something you’re already doing.
Let’s say you want to exercise for 30 minutes every day. Try tagging it into a part of the routine you already follow. If you shower at 8 a.m every morning, why not try 30 minutes of exercise every day before your morning shower? It won’t be long before exercise and showering always go hand in hand.
One of my goals was to drink more water (I know it’s boring, but I really lived off tea, coffee, and wine). I already drink a lot of tea and coffee, so I added a new habit to my tea and coffee routine. Now, when I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, I immediately drink a glass of water. The two now work together and it’s become a new habit.
Personally, I find it much easier to form new habits in the morning or evening, as the habits of waking up in the morning and going to bed at night are deeply ingrained. The middle of the day is often chaotic and unplanned, and varies greatly from day to day, but morning and night are always similar times, so I’m starting to develop habits that I can add to.
Break your resolutions down into achievable baby steps
one of the biggest mistakes most people make with their New Year’s resolutions is trying to achieve them too quickly. Whether you want to run a 10km, hit a rock, double your sales, or redecorate your entire house, it takes small steps to get there!
Break your resolution into weekly goals because these small steps are much easier to accomplish but…..
Don’t dismiss those baby steps and how much you can achieve in a year with baby steps
When we feel like no progress is being made, it’s easy to give up on solutions. With many resolutions, progress feels painfully slow and you may never imagine reaching your goal. You may feel like giving up because the end goal seems too far away, but don’t give up!
Taking small steps throughout the year may feel like a long journey, but you need to remember how quickly the year goes by. 2021 will be over in the blink of an eye, but if you continue to take these small steps, you will have come a long way!
These small steps may not seem like a big deal at the time, but when added up over a year, they can make a huge difference!
If you started a year ago…
What I like to remind myself is how much happier I would have been if I had started working on that goal a year ago. Imagine what would be happening now if you had done that. Take that thought and give it the energy to get started today. That way, you’ll be able to reach your goal by this time next year.
There’s a Pinterest quote on the internet that says, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for’.
It’s cheap but I love it.
Document your journey to keep your New Year’s resolutions
It can be hard to recognize how far you’ve come, so find a way to track your progress and document your progress. This can be photos, a statistical spreadsheet, a diary, a short video, or whatever is the easiest way to document your journey.
Seeing how far you have come will give you the motivation to keep moving forward.
You can also blog about it to help others with the same determination. If so, check out my beginner blogging tips here.
Set resolutions that matter to you
And finally, if you want to keep your New Year’s resolution, you need to make sure it’s a goal you really want to achieve.
I’ve often set the goal of running a half marathon. But you know why I didn’t stick with it? I don’t want to run a half marathon! that’s ok. It seemed like everyone around me was turning 30 and signing up, and it felt like something I “should” do.
actually, I don’t hate running and enjoy a nice 7km route once or twice a week, but I’m not interested in racing or pushing myself to beat personal bests. And I finally realized that this is absolutely necessary got it!
These are my tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions and the goals you set for yourself throughout the year. If you have any other tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments below!
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