How to stick to your New Year's Resolution
Oh, New Year's. It's that magical time again where we all promise to be our best selves and eliminate our favorite things for the next (roughly) 4-6 weeks before we inevitably realize abs just aren't as much fun as binge watching This is Us and consuming an entire pint of Chunky Monkey #livingmybestlife.
But not you. Not this year! This year is going to be different. We're all going to accomplish our resolutions and more and this is how we're going to do it.
1. Set short term goals for long term success
The majority of people who fail to achieve their resolutions (which, lets face it, is the majority of people, period) do so because they see their goal as being so far away from their current circumstances they become too discouraged to try. Instead, try breaking your goal down into smaller milestones. i.e. if your goal is to save $5000 this year, focus on putting away $100 a week instead. It feels a lot more manageable and you'll get a sense of accomplishment from meeting your goal each week that will help yo stay motivated throughout the year.
2. Make time for your resolution
We all have the same amount of time in a day, the difference is in how we use it. No matter how busy you are, I guarantee you've got more frivolous time than you think. And with a little planning, that time can be applied productively toward your goals instead of mindlessly swiping through Instagram. Try scheduling time at the beginning of every week for resolution related activities to ensure you're making progress towards your #goals.
3. Find a buddy!
Everything is more fun with friends and resolutions are no exception. Having someone to commiserate with when your willpower is waning and to cheer on as you each get closer to your goal makes all the difference.
4. Know your "why"
A lot of the time we pick resolutions randomly, because everyone is doing it and we feel like we should too. Instead of actively thinking about what we'd like to accomplish, we think about fun things we'd like to do or have happen but without a deeper purpose behind it we lack the motivation to strategize and execute on our goal. Taking some think about the "why" instead of just the "what" helps set a strong foundation for the year.
5. Love the journey
It's easy to feel motivated at the beginning, change and the potential new you that awaits are exciting things! But there will inevitably come a point where your focus begins to deteriorate and the reality sets in. Change is hard and progress isn't linear, you may spend weeks grinding away with no visible results only to wake up one day and see that you've turned the corner. The hard part is that you never know when that day will be. So accept that there will be setbacks and a lot of effort exherted with (seemingly) little results but that it's all getting you one step closer to your goal, even if it doesn't feel that way.