Photo by Nicole Buckenham
Photo by Nicole Buckenham

Be realistic

When picking what your new year’s resolution is going to be, keep in mind what your body and mind is capable of doing. Be realistic with yourself. It’s realistic you want to work out, but starting off by working out every single day is going to be almost impossible. Also, keep your budget in mind. If your new goal for the new you is going to be costly, think about what you can afford and what you cannot. Think about if your new year’s resolutions fit who you are as a person. Don’t try to do something that does not seem like yourself or is too out of reach.

Plan it out

A good way to get you going to keeping your new year’s resolution is to plan it out from the get go. If you outline what you’re going to do, it gives you a good starting point and a track to follow to succeeding. Try writing down in your calendar what days you are going to work on your goals and what days you are going to take a break. Invest in a good planner where you can write details of what you’re going to do and how you are going to do it. If the goal is to eat healthier, try to make a grocery list to help plan meals for the week so that you are not left to resort to unhealthy options

Get an app

 There is an app for most anything, so if it relates to your resolution, download it. A couple favorites are: LoseIt! For optimal food tracking and Mint for finance tracking. These apps will definitely help attain goals.

Track your progress

Tracking how you do toward keeping your resolution can really give you the motivation to continue to do well. Also, if you do not track your progress you will never know how far along you really are. A good way to do this is by cutting up sticky notes into small, rectangular pieces and sticking them on the side of a door numbered with each day of the week on them. Every day you do something involving your goal, rip off a sticky note that corresponds to that day. That way you have a visual of how well you are doing or how well you aren’t doing. It will also look good seeing how many sticky notes you have left and how much closer you are to completing whatever you want to do for the New Year.

Talk about it

Don’t keep your resolutions a secret. Talk to friends and family about what you want to accomplish. Social accountability always helps. Having people help motivate and keep you on track is always ideal, better yet, having a friend or family member wanting to achieve the same or similar goal will give you someone to work together with.

Reward/Punish Yourself

Rewarding yourself and punishing yourself for how well you are doing on your way to sticking to your new year’s resolutions is key. Every time you do something good or see progress in what you’re doing, reward yourself. Think of what you love the most or love to do, then do it. Only do not eat unhealthy food if that’s what your goal is for the New Year. If you do badly at trying to keep your goals, do something to punish yourself. A way to do this is write down different things to embarrass yourself on small pieces of paper or if you’re goal is to work out, write down intense workouts and draw the slips of paper from a bowl. Rewarding yourself and taking things away are a great way to make sure you stick with your New Year resolutions.

Let yourself mess up

 Changing behavior is truly a challenging task. Don’t be hard on yourself if you have a slip up here and there. As long as you get up and continue your goals, you will be fine. If you get derailed, reframe it as a learning experience for next time.

Keep on Going

Lastly, the most important thing when it comes to keeping your New Year resolutions is to keep going. Do not beat yourself up about it too badly if one day does not go as planned. It takes about a month to start a habit, so results are not going to happen overnight. Always think about why you started, that should be your motivation. Read inspirational quotes and look at motivational pictures. Get advice from others because talking about what you want to do will make a big difference. The more you tell people about your goals, the more they are going to want to support you. Just keep sticking to it until you see the slightest bit of improvement, because then it will just keep getting easier from that point on. Just keep going and do not give up no matter how hard the road may seem. The results are going to be worth it in the end.