Now that that 2016 has come to an end, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be. Unfortunately, although you plan, it’s not uncommon for us to give up on our goals by the end of January. This year will be different though! By having your mind in the right place and knowing the strategies to keep going, you can start and complete your resolutions in no time. Here are seven simple strategies to help you keep that “new year, new me” mentality and really mean it.
1. Don’t Treat It Like A “New Year, New Me” Resolution
Yes, it is a NEW year resolution, but you don’t have to overhaul your whole life. You don’t have to immediately start the first second you wake up on January 1, and even if you break your resolution you can start over. No need to say “oh well there’s always next year…” because there’s always tomorrow, too!
2. Start Small
You have a whole year to complete your goals, so instead of having the “go big or go home” mentality, ease into the life changes. By easing into your goals, you are learning a routine and teaching yourself how to stick to a specific goal without giving up. By the time it comes to the bigger stuff, you’re automatically willing to try and stick with it.
3. Be Realistic
It would be great if we could lose 10 pounds in a month, or give up caffeine all together, but we all know how hard that truly is. Try goals that you want to complete and you can realistically stick to, instead of just dropping them after realizing they’re too hard or take too long to complete.
4. Make One Change At a Time
Even though it is a new year, you don’t have to start all your goals at once. The entire point is making resolutions to last you the entire year. Instead of overhauling your entire life on New Year’s Day, start with writing your entire list of resolutions down and pick one you want to complete first. After you’ve completed one goal, or are content with what you have, move onto the next. This way your body and brain aren’t in total shock when you change your habits completely one day.
5. Team Up With Friends
Group activities aren’t just meant for working out or shopping! When it comes to your New Year’s resolutions, try setting some similar goals with friends or family, this way those you spend the most time with are following the same goals as you and aren’t tempting you to break your resolution. It’s also way more fun to commit to something when you have friends who are supportive and are going through the same thing as you. You can also turn it into a healthy competition by seeing who can last the longest.
6. Keep Your Eyes On the Prize
If you’re truly willing to stick to your resolution, the best way to keep going is to visualize the outcome you want to achieve. By having a clear idea of what you want and picturing it, you’ll entice yourself to keep going to get to it.
7. Stay Positive
It may sound like common sense, but by staying positive you’re already on the track to sticking to your resolutions. If you’re constantly being negative about not being able to do something, your mind is going to want to keep straying off track. Eventually, the negativity will get the best of you and you will lose all motivation to keep going.