How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

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If only it were as easy to keep a New Year’s resolution as it is to make one. After all, there are likely plenty of areas in your life that you could improve upon, but making grandiose expectations for change is much easier said than done. There are plenty of obstacles in the way that will make it difficult to keep the goals you have. But it’s important to make this year your best year yet as you strive to achieve everything you’ve set yourself.

Here’s how to stick to your New Year’s resolution and the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Start Early

Many people wait until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s before they instill their new resolutions. But when you factor in the bad habits you may continue on New Year’s Eve, that resolution you have may not get going until a few days later if you find yourself recovering from a wild and crazy evening. To avoid this, start your resolution early by making changes leading up to the New Year. Even if you aren’t fully consumed by your goals until January, you can get your body and mind in a healthy routine by making changes in the final weeks of December.

Set Realistic Goals

2016-New-Years-ResolutionGet in line if you’re someone who hopes to have a perfect six-pack by spring break. The truth is that not everyone starts from the same place, so setting realistic goals will help you stick to your personal resolutions.

And once you’ve accomplished those goals…

Reward Yourself

Far too often, we push ourselves to the brink with New Year’s resolutions. However, it’s important to take the time out to reward yourself for your hard effort. Not only will rewarding yourself remind you of your hard work, but it’ll also give you a momentary break to stop thinking about the goals you’ve set for yourself. Don’t expect to push, push, push, without taking some time to reward yourself for the effort you’ve put in.

Team Up With Others

Stick to your resolutions by teaming up with others and holding each another accountable. Even if you don’t have the same resolutions, you can still check in with the other person to make sure you’re both stick to your goals. It’ll be easier to go at it if you don’t have to go at it alone, so consider teaming up with friends and family to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions this year.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Failing to reach your goals can be heartbreaking. However, don’t let that get you completely discouraged. Try to remain positive, even during the times of disappointment, and keep an open mind as to how you can continually use 2016 to improve your life.  

Keep Checking In

It’s a long year with plenty of distractions in the way. Make sure to check in with yourself every so often to make sure you’re on track. By taking the time to reevaluate your resolutions throughout the year, you can make sure they last until next January and beyond.

Sticking to your resolutions can be hard, but consider these tips for sticking to the ones you’ve set for yourself this year.

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