The other night all 5 of us girls got together to discuss our latest book club read (“Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis). Being a few days before the New Year, of course the topic of resolutions came up. Personally, I love New Year’s resolutions. The idea of getting a chance to start afresh and to implement new goals which are put in place solely to improve or make my life easier is fun for me. It is hopeful thinking, and I love it.
However, not everyone feels the same way. Many people find them to be pointless. And, after looking at some research, with good reason. It seems only 10% of the people that actually make resolutions, follow through.
So how do we beat the odds? I think it all comes down to a few key details. Here are some tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
1. Set Realistic Goals. I’m not saying lower your expectations, just setting goals that you can actually achieve. For example, do you want to workout 5 days a week in 2019? Awesome! However, if you currently don’t work out at all, studies say you won’t reach your goal. Instead, set your goal at 2 or 3 days for the first 4-6 months. It’s an easier goal, making you more likely to attain it. Then, once you reach and maintain your goal, you can up it to 5 days for the rest of the year. You never lowered your expectations. Instead you put together a plan that made attaining them easier. You know yourself better than anyone. Create goals you can actually achieve and will stick with.
2. Set a limited amount of goals. Having a laundry list of resolutions isn’t practical. Decide on a few things you would like to improve upon and make your resolutions reflect those.
3. Write your resolutions down. Put your goals out in the open in a place where you can revisit them often. Your closet door, bathroom mirror or fridge are all great places.
4. Share them with someone. Tell your spouse, friend or a trusted coworker your resolutions and ask them to hold you accountable. No matter whether they check in daily, weekly, or monthly, having someone to report back to will help keep you on track.
5. Celebrate your milestones. Did you make a resolution to get your house organized? Lose 20 pounds? To have more patience? Celebrate milestones along the way. Decluttering and organizing your kitchen, dropping 5 lbs or staying calm in a particularly stressful situation are all worth celebrating. Be proud of yourself. You’re doing it!
Following these 5 guidelines will put you well on your way to achieving your resolutions. If you find yourself battling to keep the promises you’ve made to yourself, re-evaluate your goals, make any necessary changes, and continue on. But, whatever you do, don’t give up. Don’t break the promises you made to yourself. It’s important to know you can count on YOU.
Before I sign off, I want to share my resolutions for 2019 below.
1. Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
2. Go for a morning walk 3 times a week.
3. Eat healthier.
Best of luck on reaching your New Year’s Resolutions. Have a happy and healthy 2019!