Looking back, 2018 was an intense year for most of us. As the ball dropped in Times Square, many resolved that this year will be better and that we will be better too. With passion and optimism in our hearts, we set our alarms earlier, bought new workout clothes, and downloaded meditation apps.
So how’s it going? Have you been staying true to your resolutions? If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to U.S. News, 80% of resolutions fail by February. So how do we beat the odds and keep our resolutions going strong? We’ve put together some quick tips from Harvard Health to help you on your road to a better year and a better you.
Don’t shy away from setting a goal just because it seems monumental. When you set a big goal like running a marathon or losing 50 pounds, you’ll be surprised how much support you’ll get from those around you. Everyone loves a good challenge and you’ll find that your resolutions can serve as an inspiration for others! So set the goal, rally the pep squad and get to work!
You dreamed big, you set your goal, gathered your support team and now…there’s so much pressure because now you’ve told all these people and what if you let them down and … STOP! Don’t let your goal overwhelm you. The best way to combat any mental aversion or anxiety you might have towards your goal is to come up with an action plan. Break down your goal into bite sized attainable bits. So, going back to that marathon, why not just start with finding a running plan online or reading up on tips for marathon training. You’ve already started working toward you goal and you haven’t even laced up your shoes.
Though many might baulk otherwise, positivity and happiness are a choice, not a circumstance. Half of the battle of keeping your resolution is keeping a realistic attitude about it. Be determined to succeed, be sure of your ability to reach your goals, and realize, it’s ok if not every day isn’t perfect.
When planning your path to your goal, be sure to include rewards for yourself when you reach a milestone or benchmark. Maybe it’s a spa day or a night out on the town with friends. You don’t have to wait until you’ve accomplished your resolution to declare yourself victorious. Celebrate the small victories along the way.
Whether it’s a picture of a loved one in your wallet, an inspirational quote on a sticky note on your desk, or an outfit that is 2 sizes too small, find a way to keep your motivation at the forefront of your mind. Having a visual reminder of why you even set your goal in the first place can serve as a great motivator.
For more tips on how to keep your resolution, check out Harvard Health Publishing's article, "Seven steps for making your New Year's resolution stick".