It’s nearly the new year, which means it’s time for making resolutions and setting intentions for the year to come! It’s the start of a new decade, which means this year is especially pertinent in shaping the next ten years to come. When it comes to making new year’s resolutions, it’s important to consider these five tips that will surely help you stick to your goals.
1. Keep It Simple
Setting one lofty aspiration is typical, but can feel overwhelming. Instead, keep your goals simple and focused in the new year. Having too many goals can often lead to disaster, so stick to one clear, concise goal and the baby steps to reach it. Stay focused and positive while working through your resolution as well with daily affirmations!
2. Write Your Resolution Down
Studies show that writing down your dreams, goals, and aspirations can increase your odds of achieving them. So break out that pen and paper and get writing! Besides giving you more clarity and magnifying your strengths and weaknesses, writing down your resolutions can help you set benchmarks and realistic expectations for your future endeavors. Likewise, tell everyone you can about your resolution! They’ll ask how you’re doing and those check-ins will keep you on track.
3. Break It Down
Breaking down your goals into set increments is the perfect way to ensure that you reach your resolution. A goal with a shorter duration is typically easier to maintain, and as such, it becomes much easier to achieve. Consider a goal like getting in more exercise. Going to the gym five times a week, every week for a year seems daunting. Instead, try breaking your goal down into smaller more manageable tasks like setting up a gym membership, picking a routine, meeting with a trainer or simply making your first trip to the gym!
4. Have a Partner
Lacking in motivation? Find an accountability partner! A partner will not only give you someone to report to every time you fail, but they’ll serve as someone committed to your success. They can help you actively reach your goals and keep you from giving up. Find someone motivated and get working toward a joint goal. A task always seems more manageable if you have someone with you giving you an extra push.
5. Give It Time
Lastly, be patient. Reshape the way you view your resolutions and aspirations for the new year. Frame them as building a new habit instead and they may become far more enjoyable. Either way, both resolutions and habits take time to develop. Did you know that it takes approximately 21 days to create a habit? Bear this in mind. If you don’t meet your goal on day one, that’s okay! There are plenty more days left in the year to work toward your aspirations. And consider that if you fail, you can always try again.