As December is coming to an end, its time for new year resolutions. Whether you're looking to reinvent yourself this year? Or at least use the new year as a reason to get rid of bad habits or pick up new ones, here are 5 tips for Making New Year's Resolutions that stick!:
1. Pick One Thing!
If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.
The trick in how to make new year resolution is to make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make.
If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you at the end of the year and it’s a much more realistic way of doing it.
2. Plan Ahead
Trying to jump into something cold turkey is usually an effort in quiting right before you start. Giving yourself a plan will make you more equipped for success.
Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.
Read up on it –Whether it’s quitting smoking, taking up running or yoga or becoming vegan there are books or websites to help you prepare for it. If you do enough research and make time for your resolutions, you will be looking forward to making the change.
Plan for success – Get everything ready so things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up running make sure you have the trainers, clothes, hat, glasses, or playlists loaded with energetic sounds ready to go. This also includes anticipating problems so you can make an exit strategy to handle them if they come up.
Enlist a buddy – Plan also to enlist someone to partner with you. Research shows self control can be contagious so teaming up with a friend or colleague can influence your choices.
3. Pick Your Start Date
You may not want to start January 1st. Chances are you may have been out celebrating, indulging in the old habits and trying to start something new just because its the first day of the year doesn't necessarily mean that its the be all and end all for success. Try planning a day during the week or end of the 1st week so you can mentally prepare your takeoff as if you're boarding a flight to "New Me" and will end up at the destination of the new you that you want to be or having that thing that you desire.
4. Pick Your Reward.
Like seeing this as a journey the final destination is that new ideal that you will be or have as a resolut of this resolution. Once you can fully visualize the end result via what reward you will have from the journey through it, your success in achieving it is almost guarnteed.
5. Enjoy Every Moment
Even the failures, setbacks, and challenges along the way is an experience that if you decide to just enjoy the efforts you are making and the experiences its giving you, life will hand you more good feeling moments and allow you to reflect on circumstances as lessons on how to improve so you can keep trying. Never give up.
Let us know below if there are any other tips you plan to use to keep you on track with your New Year's Resolutions.