Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, but not everyone keeps them! Here are 5 tips on how to keep a New Year’s resolution.
1. Know “what” you want to keep!
It’s important to make goals that are aligned with your vision and have objectives that make your goals actionable. Check out how to write your New Years resolution for details.
Not only do you need goals, but you also need to get educated about your goals. Want to eat healthy? Use reliable sources like the American Heart Association, USDA, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can also check out my posts on healthy eating for more details.
2. Remember “when” you want to keep it
Add your goals and objectives to your calendar. Especially if you are planning multiple goals throughout the year, a reminder every couple of months is important. And, if you need to get nitty-gritty and add it to your weekly to do list, do it! Don’t procrastinate.
3. Recognize “why” you want to keep your New Year’s resolution
You need to see the value in your goals. One way to do this is write a vision statement. Make a short list of why you want to achieve your goal. When the going gets tough, remind yourself that you are aligned with your personal values.
4. Identify “how” you want to keep your New Years resolution
To keep your actions sustainable, you need to create an environment that makes your choices easy to make. For example, if you are trying to cut back on sweets but you keep candy at your desk, you are sabatoging your environment—each time you look at those candies, you are giving yourself an extra chance to try the sweets. So, change your environment—replace those candies with unsweetened dried fruit or display fresh citrus that can sit out on the counter.
5. Understand “who” you are doing this New Year’s resolution for
Remind yourself that your goals are for you—and that reaching your goals make you a better person for your family, friends, and co-workers. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find support! Goals are best achieved when you feel supported in meeting your goals. One idea is to find an accountability partner that will check in with you about your goals. I talk about this in my post on work/life balance.
What strategies are you using to keep your New Year’s Resolutions?
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