7 Ways To Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

Post on January 05, 2016 | SOGO
Another year is upon us! With every New Year, the age old question will no doubt be asked by everyone; “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” Instead of scrambling for a New Year’s resolution that will inevitably be forgotten by February, why not create a resolution that actually sticks, so you can better yourself this year?

Here are 7 ways that can help you stick to your New Year’s resolution:

1. Start small

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If your aim is to exercise more, then schedule three or four days in a week rather than aiming for a 7-day streak at the gym. Remember to keep your goals at a realistic pace, but of course you can always increase the amount in due time. The same goes for when your aim is to have healthier eating habits. Try replacing your dessert with a fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

2. Set specific goals

New Year’s resolutions are usually blown up in huge proportions. Instead of “losing weight” or “get in shape”, try making a resolution that’s more on the lines of “lose 10kgs by April”. Try setting specific goals throughout the year as well. That way, you can always have something realistic to focus on that doesn’t seem too out of reach.

3. Focus on one resolution

One of the first mistakes that most people make is cramming too many resolutions on one plate. The fewer your brain has to handle and deal with, the better chances of you to succeed. Getting to your goal is not a race, rather a journey. So focus all your attention on a resolution that you most likely to succeed by the end of the year!

4. Measure your progress closely

Keep a diary of your progress or take it up a notch by creating a calendar for each one of your goals. Every time you reach or completed your goals, mark it off on the calendar or checklist. But remember to reward yourself a little for every stepping stone that you’ve managed to cross!

5. Remind yourself of your goals – every day!

Set a reminder on your phone, stick a post-it on every corner of your house (even your desk at work). Do whatever it takes to remind yourself that you’re one step closer to your goal.

6. Don’t be too hard on yourself

No one is perfect. You might have slipped or strayed way from your goals but that is completely acceptable, and you have to tell yourself that it’s OK to make mistakes once in a while. However, don’t give up completely because you had far one too many donuts last night and broke your diet, or even skipping the gym because of your busy schedule. Everyone will encounter challenges but try your best to move and resolve to recover and get back on track!

7. Start right now – don’t wait!

It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this at the end of January or the middle of August; start working on your goals now! You’ll definitely be one-step closer to your goals than you were yesterday.

It’s important to remember that the New Year is a time for everyone to reflect on their past and resolve to make positive lifestyle changes. It is definitely not the extent of the change that matters but rather the act of recognising the importance of a change in lifestyle and improving yourself one step at a time. 

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