How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

By Zoe Taylor

A long time ago, the time came where we just weren’t taking our New Year’s Resolutions seriously anymore. We began to laugh about how we’d end up abandoning them by the end of January, and suddenly these goals we made for ourselves became a pipe dream.

This doesn’t have to be the case. There are a few ways you can stick to your New Year’s Resolution, and they’re simple!

1. Make it early.
If you have a clear resolution in mind about a month or so before New Year’s Eve, you’ll take it more seriously because it’s not something you’ve just made up on the spot. It’s been in your mind for a few weeks by the new year, so you’re more likely to remember it and stick by it.

2. Make it realistic.
Make sure your resolution is achievable within the year. If you set out to do something that you now is going to take you more than 12 months, you’ll be less motivated to achieve it, because you know it can’t happen. Set yourself reasonable goals that are challenging  enough to make you feel good when you’ve achieved them as well as being attainable for you – only you know what you’re truly capable of.

3. Put reminders everywhere.
Write down your New Year’s Resolution on paper, post-its or  type it up and print it out, and put it everywhere you can see it, so that you don’t forget it and strive to stick to it. Telling your friends and family can be a good reminder too – if enough of your friends and family members know, they’ll remind you simply by asking how you’re going with your resolution!

4. Reward yourself
Have an appealing reward in mind – something that’s really going to motivate you to work hard towards your goals. Obviously the achievement at the end is a reward in itself, but I’d be lying if I said that was enough. We often need something more clear and exciting to think about when we’re working for something. For example, if your resolution is to be more diligent in working out, your reward for yourself might be a brand new piece of gym equipment once you get to your target weight. Little rewards along the way are a good idea too – e.g. when you lose one amount of weight, you might take yourself to the movies, and when you lost another amount of weight, you might allow yourself time at a day spa.

So start thinking because New Year’s Eve isn’t far away! Good luck!

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