It’s that time of year again! You know, that moment when you start to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions. Well, this year, we’ve got the 411 on how you can kick the urge to quit.
Did you know that according to a recent study at the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of Americans actually stay with their new goals? The problem isn’t that you have no drive or resilience; it’s that your goals actually just aren’t achievable. You’ve been going about it all the wrong way for all of this time. Who knew? Luckily, we’ve compiled some tips for breaking bad habits and forging ahead on a steady path to achieving your dreams. Let’s go!
Take Smaller Steps
According to the American Psychological Association, you have to take baby steps to achieve your goals. If you’ve resolved to work out seven days a week, you’ve already set yourself up for disappointment. Instead, start with three days and build from there. If you’re determined to lose 50 pounds and start off by trying the newest fad diet (ketogenic anyone?), you’ve only set yourself up for a short-time goal that you can’t stick with. Instead, start by incorporating more fruits and veggies into your daily meal routine. Make changes that are small now but that you’ll be able to continue with for a long time.
Construct Your Vision
What is it in your life that you want to achieve overall? Do you want to be a more-supportive friend, a healthier adult, a wiser consumer or a better gardener? Whatever your goal, take an hour or two and put it on a vision board that you can hang in your room. That way, whenever you’re feeling hard on yourself, you can remember the bigger picture. Small, daily choices help add up to the overall end goal that you see before you. All you need to do is realize that no one is perfect and that real change takes a lot of time to happen.
Do One Thing At A Time
When you were little, did your mother ever tell you to take it slow and just do one thing at a time? The same rule applies to your New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t try to quit smoking, start exercising and eat better all at the same time. That’s a tall order—One I’m not sure Jillian Michaels herself could fulfill. Instead, pick one activity to focus on and then conquer that one first. Just by meeting one goal, you’ll feel confident to start meeting each of your goals in their own time.
Make a Buddy Plan
Like most good things in life, everything works better when you have someone to hold you accountable. Choose someone that is supportive and not harsh in their criticism of your choices. Set schedules and systems that help both of you function well. And remember, the buddy plan doesn’t just work for exercise. Use it in every aspect of your life. Do the bills with your spouse, join a mom carpool group, or help your bestie have a yard sale. These things help make sticking to your resolutions more fun and more manageable.