The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. A new year often feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, or intellectually. Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep and by the end of January many of us have abandoned our resolve and settled back into our old patterns.
So what can you do to make it more likely that you will stick to your resolution(s)?
- Pinpoint your “why.” – Pinpoint a solid reason why you made that resolution, and if you can’t then you probably shouldn’t have made it.
- Stick to one resolution – If you’re concerned about sticking to your resolutions, make it easier on yourself by only making one main goal for the year. Consider one resolution that would make the greatest impact on your life, family, education and/or career.
- Break it down and make a plan – To help make your ambitious, grand resolutions more manageable, break down your goal into steps. Resolve to do the first step or maybe two. Give yourself a to-do list of tasks that will help you stick with your resolution.
- Visualize your success – Simply making a resolution isn’t enough; You have to believe that you’re going to stick to it and accomplish your goal. Visualization can help you do that.
- Create a support network – Whatever your resolution, it’ll be easier to stick to if you have a teammate to go along with you, or a supportive friend or family member willing to keep tabs on your progress.
- Don’t give up when things go awry – Plan for relapses. Between starting and solidifying a habit, there are lapses. This is okay, normal, and expected. This is especially true if you’re trying to make a really major change in your life.