New Year’s Resolution

4 Jan

Happy New Year, Everyone!

January 1st marks the beginning of everyone’s quest to complete their New Year’s resolution, whether it’s to lead a healthier lifestyle, travel to Europe, or to buy a home. Too often, though, these resolutions end before January does but don’t despair! Here are a few simple things you can do to help stick to your resolution, and achieve it in less time than you think:

  1. Have a clear resolution. Instead of generalizing, make your resolution as clear and specific as possible. This way, it is much easier to figure out how to achieve it! Additionally, try making it in a positive light so instead of saying “I’m going to go to the gym every day because I’m overweight” say “I’m going to start exercising every day to become a healthier, stronger person” – it will be much easier to stick to if you have a positive attitude towards it!
  2. Develop a plan. Would you build a house without an architect? That would certainly end in disaster! Same goes for keeping a resolution. Develop a plan for how you are going to achieve your goals by writing out the steps that you are going to take to make it happen; what are the mini milestones that you are going to set to ensure you are on track? How are you going to reach those milestones and hold yourself accountable?
  3. Change your environment. You can’t expect to change a behavior in an environment that is set up for the behavior you are currently doing. Figure out what you need to succeed in your surroundings (Do you need to move the coffee away from the coffeepot so you don’t make a thousand cups a day? Me.) and then do them! Your new behavior will soon become as much of a habit as the old one.
  4. Tell people! By telling other people your resolution plans, you are building a support network that will help to keep you on track when you encounter challenges. Who knows, you may even gain a buddy to go along with you! Studies have also shown that when working towards a goal, you tend to stick to it better when you do it with someone else so this is a great way to keep your motivation up!

Changing a behavior or starting something new is hard, but you can do anything that you put your mind to. I think Aibileen from The Help said it best “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” You are worth it!


One Response to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Mom January 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” You are worth it!

    LOVE IT!

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