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5 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

The festive season is full of indulgence. And with that comes a wave of guilt. So you plan to start the the New Year with a well intended resolution. Which means you need focus, drive and determination to reach your goal. But after a few weeks your motivation melts away. It all becomes too much and you slump back into your old ways. Is there anything you can do to make your New Year’s resolution stick?

1) Set a Realistic Goal

If you’re cutting down on sweet treats then don’t go cold turkey. If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t put so much pressure on every pound you lose. Just don’t set high expectations. Your New Year’s resolution is a change to your lifestyle. And this change will be a shock to your system. It’ll take some getting used to so you need to make it a gradual process.

Think long term and don’t bombard yourself with a huge list of resolutions. Pick one or two and be prepared to tackle them one at a time. If you feel like you can take on more you can always raise the bar after a few weeks.

2) Have a Plan

So you’ve set your goal. But how are you going to reach it?

A plan keeps everything clear in your mind. Write down your current routine. What can you do to improve it? Maybe get up a bit earlier to squeeze in a morning fitness session. Or take time in the evening to prepare your healthy lunch for the next day. Whatever you do, you’ve got to plan.

Break your resolution down into smaller targets. When you reach these targets you’ll feel a small victory which encourages you to aim for the big one.

3) Track Your Progress

Taking on New Year’s resolutions means taking on more commitments. And this eats up a lot of your spare time and willpower. Results are often invisible at first, which can be disheartening. So tracking your progress reminds you of your small victories and keeps the reason why you picked your New Year’s resolution at the forefront of your mind.

You need to define exactly how you’ll measure your progress. Say for example you’re planning on losing weight, have in mind how many pounds you want to shed each week and how often you have a weigh-in.

Keep track of your pitfalls too. If you see regular occurrences of the same thing, you can make the necessary adjustments to your plan to make it work for you.

4) Get Back on Track

Everyone has ups and downs. Good days and bad days. The trick is to recognise when you’ve had a bad day and pick yourself back up. If you didn’t go for that morning run or you ate a share-size chocolate bar, don’t let that stop you from completing your goal. One slip doesn’t mean you have to call it quits on your resolution efforts. Just take any setbacks in your stride and recommit to your goal.

Next you should look at why you went off track. Does your routine need changing? Are your small goals too ambitious? Make these little changes to help you in the long run.

5) Speak Up

Tell anyone and everyone about your goal. Your friends. Your family. Your workmates. Take your small achievements and post them on social media. Your friends’ encouragement will keep your eye on the prize. And they could keep temptation out your way. The more people who know about your New Year’s resolution the more it’ll increase your fear of failure. A little bit of pressure increases your productivity and encourages you to succeed.

Find a partner too. Someone for moral support. If you feel like you’re wavering on motivation a quick text to someone in the same boat as you will get you back on track in no time. You just need to make sure you pick someone with drive. Not a push-over.

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