How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick Like Super Glue
"How do I make my New Year's resolutions stick?"
"What do I do to stick to my resolutions."
"I need to follow thru with my resolutions this year. Help me!"
"I'm guilty of not sticking to my new year's resolutions. How can I change this?"
It's that time of year again.
It's time to think about New Year's resolutions.
You may be asking yourself if it's even worth it to make a resolution at all.
Perhaps you've made them in the past and never followed through. You had great intentions but lost interest or motivation.
Even if you're less-than-thrilled with your follow-through in prior years, each new year brings amazing opportunities to challenge yourself in all kinds of ways.
Implement these five ideas to help you set up your resolutions so you'll be successful:
Select an area of your life that's at the forefront of your mind.
One of the keys to choosing your New Year's resolutions is selecting a goal that truly matters. Ideally, you can find something you want more than anything. This will help keep you dedicated.
What's really, really important to you?
Make it crystal clear.
The whole idea of making a New Year's resolution can seem over-simplified. You'll hear people say, "My New Year's resolution is to get in to shape" or "I want to work less."
What do statements like, "I want to spend more time with my family this coming year" really mean?
Here's how to be more specific:
- For the resolution to get into shape, why not state it in more detail? Consider committing to specifics, such as, "I want to lose 2 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips."
- Another example of being more exacting might be "I want to increase visual muscle definition in my abdominals and my upper arms."
What's your very specific resolution?
Make your resolution measurable.
For example, spending more time with your family may manifest as, "I plan to work 4 hours less per week in the coming year," or "I won't work on Saturdays, starting January 1st."
How will you measure your results?
Structure your resolution by achieving smaller steps. Consider cutting your overall goal into smaller, separate goals. Select the first mini-goal to accomplish in the process and designate it as your New Year's resolution for the first 3 months.
Consider this example: You want to lose 30 pounds. You've struggled to drop the weight in the past. But you want to get serious now.
Here's one way to cut this into mini-goals: Lose 10 pounds in the first 3 months of the year, lose another 10 pounds in the second quarter of the year and drop the final 10 pounds the third quarter of the year. The fourth quarter of the year, plan to focus on maintaining your weight loss.
What are your mini-goals?
It might not be possible for you to accomplish everything you want in just one year. But you probably can be well on your way to your goal by the end of the year if your New Year's resolution is within reasonable standards.
What's your specific timetable?
When making a New Year's resolution, focus on what really matters to you. Be very specific and make your resolutions measurable. Use mini-goals and please be realistic.
Address your New Year's resolution as a process rather than just a goal. You're much more likely to succeed this way.
And, when you achieve one goal, you're more likely to set resolutions and accomplish them in the years that follow.
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