5 Easy Ways to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution
Sticking to any New Year’s resolution can be tough, but it’s not impossible. If you feel like you are having a hard time sticking to your goals and want some ideas, read on! Whether you want to exercise more, eat healthier, or learn something new, we have compiled 5 extremely easy ways to fulfil your New Year's Resolution.
Do it with a Friend
Nothing beats accountability. If you know that your friend is waiting for you to do something in order for her or him to do it too, then there’s a good chance you’ll actually follow through. Plus, having a friend with you makes an activity more fun, and will help keep you on track throughout it.
Make it measurable and actionable
Losing 5kg by June is not an actionable item and at best can only give you a vague feeling of success. Going for a 15 minute walk after work is measurable and actionable because you know exactly what needs to be done. Habit forming resolutions are also very powerful in the long run.
Set Smaller Goals
It’s always tempting to set lofty and ambitious goals. After all, how are you going to improve yourself if nothing changes? However, big goals can sometimes be overwhelming. Instead of committing to running a marathon by June, opt for running 3km every Wednesday and Fridays first.
Smaller goals are easier to manage and more likely to be successful than larger ones. They also help build momentum toward bigger resolutions as you realize that small steps lead to big outcomes.
It is recommended that you reward yourself for every small goal you accomplish. This will help motivate you to continue with your resolution(s). If not, then why start in the first place? Make sure your rewards are also attainable and reasonable. A night out in town, a new pair of shoes, or even a rest day should do just fine!
Don’t Overthink It
While it’s good to have a well thought out plan, overthinking is enough to throw everything out the window. It is true that it takes a lot of effort and willpower to form a new routine (hence the steps mentioned above). However, there will be times where you just need to turn your brain off and just do it!
You will find 101 excuses to not do your tasks and to wait for the perfect conditions. The fact of the matter is that conditions will never be perfect and it’s okay to start over again. As the saying goes, “The best time to start is yesterday; the next best time is now”.
Take a few moments whenever you are free and look back at all you've accomplished from 2021. Think about how far you've come. Now take a moment to start thinking about all the things you would want to accomplish this year! Be sure to keep these easy steps in mind while you do it because they will help you to successfully accomplish it.
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