How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Going After January
How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Going After New Year’s Day
It’s common for people to set new goals and resolutions at the start of a new year. Unfortunately, it’s just as common for those resolutions to be abandoned soon after. Statistics are grim: it’s been estimated that 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by February.
Other studies show that a mere 8% of people actually achieve their new year’s goals. What gives? We think a flawed approach is mostly to blame. Today, we’re showing you how to keep your resolutions going long after the champagne toasts and midnight celebrations. Let’s get started.
Start with a Schedule
Our first recommendation for sticking with your new year’s goals is to start out strong with a schedule. This will give you some structure, and will eventually help to make working towards your goals a part of your regular routine. This is key to keeping your new year’s resolutions in the long term. Once a task is part of your routine, you’re much more likely to follow through with it.
Pick Something Attainable
The easiest way to give up on your resolution is to pick one that wasn’t achievable in the first place. Resolutions are meant to challenge you, but they shouldn’t be impossible to keep. Choose a resolution that is attainable but will also require you to work hard. You’ll be motivated to push yourself to achieve your goals, and if you stick with it, you’ll feel a sense of pride as you look back on the hard work you did to get to where you’re at.
Personal incentives can be a great way to keep yourself on track when working towards your resolutions. If you plan to reward yourself for little achievements along the way, you’ll stay motivated to keep going. It’s important to note that your personal rewards should not negatively affect your resolutions.
For example, if you’ve resolved to try a low-carb lifestyle, don’t reward yourself with a bowl of pasta. This will only set you back and could lead you abandoning your goals altogether. Instead, give yourself a reward that is unrelated to your resolution. Or, treat yourself to something that will help you on your journey.
Sticking with your new year’s resolutions after the holiday season is tough. As they say, old habits die hard, and it takes hard work to change unhealthy patterns. However, the work is worth it. The tips we just covered combined with hard work will lead to a successful year ahead. If your resolution is related to fitness and exercise, reach out to us. We’d love to help you achieve your goals.