How’s your New Year’s resolution going? Are you on track and making progress? Or have you forgotten about it already?
Making New Year’s resolutions is fun!
You talk to people about it and think of how you’re going to work on accomplishing your goals. Each year you start off with the mentality that now is your opportunity to start over.
Often the thrill wears off when you think of the work and effort needed to accomplish these goals. It leads people to go back to their same old routines.
But shouldn’t this year mark the end of that cycle?
Here are five strategies to help you become the person you want to be!
1. Make Your Resolution Specific
If your goal is to get in shape, that’s too general.
Instead, think of the steps you need to take to get in shape. Is your goal to run a mile once a week? Do 30 push-ups every other day?
Write down your exercise schedule and keep track of your progress.
2. Baby Steps
Let’s say that you want to learn a new language. It will be hard to do this by the end of the year without a clear plan.
You don’t need to overwhelm yourself by learning 500 words a week. Start off by learning one new vocabulary word a day, or learning five words a week and build from there.
Taking small steps can lead to significant improvements over time.
3. Ask For Help
Ask someone or a couple of people to help keep you on track. It’s best to surround yourself with individuals who want to see you succeed and who support your goals.
4. Keep Record
The best way to stay on track is to keep a record of your progress. If your resolution is to lose weight, then you should note what you’re consuming each day.
By writing out everything, you’re eating you can better manage your weight.
5. Don’t Give Up!
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to post daily content on Instagram. I’ve only posted three times this month!
Instead of getting mad about not sticking to my resolution, I sat down and planned content for next week.
Lesson: If you forget about your resolution for a few days, don’t beat yourself up about it and get back on track.
If you often find yourself going off track, consider adjusting your goals.
Making your New Year’s resolution a reality by the end of the year takes work. It’s all about making small progress over an extended period.
Even if you haven’t stuck to your goals, it’s never too late. If it makes you feel better, know that time is linear and a social construct.
If you want to make a change in your life, you don’t need to wait for a new year.
Specify your goals, keep track of progress, have a good support system and even if you slip up, don’t quit!