new year's resolutions

How to Stick With Your New Year’s Resolution

Every year the same routine happens: A new year starts and people believe it’s the perfect time to start a new beginning. They make a resolution and within the first couple months, ninety percent of people fail at accomplishing their goals. Here are a few easy ways to stick with your resolution.

Have a plan of attack.

If you’re like everyone else, you mention your resolution then when January 1st comes around you do it. Two weeks in you can already tell it’s going to be harder than you thought but you push through it anyway. By the time February comes you’re burnt out and slowly drift off your resolution and before you know it you stopped and gave up. Don’t be that person.

To successfully stick with your resolution, you have to devise a plan of attack. Don’t just say you’re going to do something; make small term goals that lead up to your resolution. For example, If your resolution is to lose weight, don’t just say you want to lose weight. Instead, make small goals (Should be daily goals) that get you a step further to reaching the weight you desire. You have to take small steps. Instead of thinking to run a marathon, first get yourself up off the couch and go walk for 15 minutes. Then the next day, eat at least one healthy meal. Then next week try to walk for 25 minutes and have 2 healthy days of good foods and so on. Slowly make the transition into a different lifestyle. Going all out in the beginning will be too much to handle. Start small. The psychological effect of crossing out your daily goals is reassuring to the brain. Before you know it, you will be losing weight and you already past the first month! So have a plan of attack by accomplishing small goals everyday that slowly transition your lifestyle change.

Cultivate motivation and desire.

Your goal has to have some value and meaning. It should be something that has a positive change towards your life. You should always strive to be better. With that being said, it should also be something you desire. It’s much easier to stick with something that you care about than just deciding on a resolution just for the fact to have one.

Motivation is probably the hardest part when it comes to a year long resolution. That is why I mentioned small term goals. They will greatly benefit you day to day as you see yourself making progress. If one day you don’t feel like doing that day’s goals, then don’t. Seriously. Don’t burn yourself out. I would suggest you do something however. If you were supposed to go for a 5 mile run, go for a 1 or 2 mile run but pick up the pace. When you’re out there running, you might just feel the urge to go the full 5. As long as you’re doing something, then you’re moving forward. Writing is a great example. There are days when I don’t want to write. I love it don’t get me wrong. But day after day of it gets tiring. Your eyes burn, you stay up late nights, and you reread and revise it a ton of times. Even with all this, I still manage to at least write down topics and the first paragraph of the articles. When I do that, I suddenly feel an urge that pushes me to keep writing. Before I know it I am finished. You have to be your own motivator. Some days you will have to dig deep and find why you want this and just get up and do it. I can promise you that you will always feel better after completing your goals.

Have fun.

This is pretty straight forward but a lot of people don’t seem to understand its importance. If you’re not having fun, you’re going to burn yourself out and end up growing a negative impression of your goals. If one day you don’t feel like running, then go swimming or rock climbing. If you don’t feel like writing, then read about improving your writing. There are alternatives to all the actions you have. Mix it up and have fun.

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Logan Mathis is a 25 year old who loves to help others. He is the creator of the self-improvement web site www.selfblend.com. He is an English graduate and currently lives in Illinois.

  • http://www.acalltoaction.net/ Trevor Wilson

    In my experience, New Year’s resolutions rarely lead to long lasting change. The yearly ritual of making our vows with a toast and a drink may be fun, and even motivating for a short while. But it does not reflect the true desire necessary to make long term change. It’s merely a hoiday tradition.

    That’s not to say real change can’t come from our yearly vows, but we should not rely on New Year’s resolutions alone to spur action.

    Personally, I’ve kept just one New Year’s resolution in my entire life. I just recently wrote about it . . . and it’s nothing to brag about.

    So if your New Year’s resolutions get you motivated, then great . . . use that motivation for as long as it lasts. And when it fades (motivation always does), remind yourself why you want to change in the first place. If the desire is strong enough, you won’t need motivation to continue along your path. You’ll push ahead regardless.

    You’ll remain persistent because you are changing for YOU, not just because of some resolution you made over drinks on a chilly New Year’s Eve.

    Cheers! 

  • http://livezestfully.com/ Darren Hodgson

    Motivation is key when it comes to new years resolutions. If you’re really serious about sticking to your resolutions you need to leverage what is painful about the situation and pleasurable about your goal.

    Make your current situation so painful that you simply cannot stay as you are and make your goal so desirble that you’d be a fool not to move toward it. Then you just need to keep this at the forefront of your mind for as long as it take to become a habit (usually about six weeks)

    Once thinking about the pain and pleasure of your situation becoames a habit everytime you think about the bad situation you’re in with the best chance of making your resolution a permanant reality

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  • http://www.cshearing.com/hearing-aids-colorado/ Hearing Aids Colorado

    Something I think is important is to always set realistic goals, know what I mean? Maybe even smaller and then working towards something bigger if you accomplish it. I always do that. :)

  • Marsha Marr

    I don’t make resolutions.  I  aspire to do more of what makes me a better person.  Therefore I am not focusing on the negative but doing more of the positve.  Working on my legacies.  How can I make this a better environment, a better home, a healthy me and do more of what I love.  Happy New Year!

  • Rich

    Agreed! Keeping you word is an important part of success. You know yourself if you can or can not be trusted.  By keeping my word, my self confidence gets a real boost.  When I say i will do something, I know it will happen, My words becomes law in the universe. 
    More on this in a short little video here: http://makeitbigtraining.com/habits-of-success-keeping-your-word/