Struggling to make your New Year resolutions stick?
It’s never easy to keep the promises that we make ourselves at the beginning of a new year, whether it’s losing weight, hitting the gym more often or switching out Netflix for a good book.
The great news is that there’s plenty of ways to stay on track and so here CashLady looks at 7 brilliant tricks to make your New Year’s resolutions stick.
Making your New Year’s resolutions stick
The New Year feels like a blank page – the perfect opportunity for starting fresh and getting rid of bad habits or taking up some positive new ones.
Here’s how to keep to them.
#1 Make your New Year’s resolution specific
Speaking to Business Insider, psychotherapist, Jonathan Alpert says that most people fall at the first hurdle by setting a New Year’s resolution that’s too general and so tricky to achieve.
Instead of, “I’ll get fit in 2019,” he suggests something like signing up to a 5k in spring and then a 10k in summer, which offers very clear goals and something to aim for.
Having a timeline on your resolution is helpful, he says, so think of short-term, medium-term, and long-term benchmarks that will let you know you’re on track to achieving your goal.
#2 Keep your New Year’s resolution positive
Many of our New Year’s resolutions are couched in negative languages, such as, “I’ll stop eating rubbish,” or “I’ll lose weight.”
Yet changing up the wording to something positive can increase the chance of us sticking to our resolutions as we’ll feel better about them and stop thinking about what we could be having.
Instead of, “I’ll stop eating rubbish,” change it to, “I’ll eat healthily and feel good.”
#3 Practice accountability
Accountability is a tried and tested way of sticking to our New Year’s resolutions.
Tell your friends and family about your goals and rope in an accountability buddy to check in with you and help monitor your progress.
By speaking your resolutions aloud and telling people what you want to achieve you’re making them real and will be less likely to fail.
#4 Make your New Year’s resolution personal
It’s easy to fall into the trap of making the same New Year’s resolutions as everybody else – whether it’s ‘tone up,’ ‘drink less’ or, ‘exercise more.’
Your New Year’s resolution is only going to stick if it’s something that’s properly suited to you and it’s a goal that you’re really invested in.
Perhaps 2019 is going to be the year that you finally take that solo trip to Italy, or learn how to drive?
Find what works for you and it’s more likely that it will happen, don’t just follow the crowd.
#5 Break your New Year’s resolution down into manageable chunks
Key to achieving anything, whether it’s a project at work or a New Year’s resolution, is breaking it down into manageable time-bound steps.
Want to be cruising down the motorway in your own car by the end of the year?
Break it down. First, you’ll apply for your provisional licence by the end of the month, then find a driving instructor by March, you’ll pass your provisional test by the Spring and then sit your test in the Autumn.
Achieving small goals along the way will also boost your confidence on the path to success.
#6 Journal your progress
Charting your progress in a journal will help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
By keeping note of successes and any slip up’s you’ll soon identify patterns and certain situations or behaviours that might be hampering your likelihood of achieving your goal.
Keeping a daily note of little victories will also keep you in a positive mindset so that you’ll be less likely to deviate off course.
#7 Allow for setbacks
Nobody is perfect and it’s likely that you will slip up now and again.
So, you miss the gym a few times, eat the cake or spend more than you should. Don’t let the little slip-ups set you back or prompt you to give up on your New Year’s resolutions altogether.
Work towards your goals – it will all be worth it in the end.