December 31, 2019
Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
With less than one day remaining in 2019, have you started thinking of your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? It’s a common topic this time of year, with everyone reflecting on what they did and didn’t accomplish in 2019, as well as what they would like to change for 2020. The resolutions people come up with can range from working out more to spending more time with family, which are all great goals to work on! However, the common struggle with New Year’s resolutions is that a lot of people start the New Year off strong, then revert to their old habits within a few months.
Perhaps you want to write down some resolutions for 2020 but have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you have tried implementing New Year’s resolutions in the past but have slipped. Whether or not you can relate, 2020 is a new year and a new opportunity for achieving your goals. We have come up with five tips and strategies to help you stick to your 2020 New Year’s resolutions:
If you want to make a change, large or small, make a resolution with steps that you can meet within a reasonable amount of time. For instance, if you’re looking to get healthier in 2020, add some daily activities that will help you change your lifestyle. These activities could include a weekly goal of going to the gym three times or trying new healthy recipes more often. Reaching the smaller goals throughout the year will put you on track to achieve your overall resolution and help you be less inclined to give up.
How specific are your resolutions for 2020 right now? Do they have a measurable end goal, i.e., saving $100 each paycheck or losing 20 pounds by the end of the year? If your resolution is specific, excellent! If not, consider rewriting your goals. While any resolution is a great idea, setting specific numbers will provide the chance to plan how you will stick to your resolution.
Put Together a Plan
If you want to achieve any goal, it is important to have some sort of plan in place on how you will reach that goal. If you’re hoping to lose weight or save money, these things don’t just happen overnight. You need to reflect on what you are currently doing and what is not working so you can replace those unproductive habits with new ones. As mentioned above, making changes to your daily schedule should help you stay on track for reaching your goal and sticking to your plan.
Ask for Accountability
The more people you tell about your resolutions, the more people there are to hold you accountable. Talk to your best friend, family and/or coworkers and ask them for help in reaching your goals. It can be as simple as checking in every so often and seeing how your resolutions are going, or as dedicated as obtaining a new gym buddy. And remember, they might have some resolutions they could also use your help with!
Don’t Give Up!
No matter what, don’t let go of your resolutions if you really want to achieve them. Having cheat days or missteps while working towards your goals is common. Change is a process, so use those bad days as learning opportunities and get back on track.
We hope strategies will help you stay on track throughout 2020. We wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2020!