Now that the New Year has come and gone, you’ve probably stopped eating excessively and have gone back to work. Getting back to your regular routine can be boring and difficult after a festive holiday season. It’s even more difficult to keep those New Year’s resolutions that you made. Instead of letting another year’s resolutions pass by without working to keep them, make 2016 the year that you succeeded in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some easy ways to keep those resolutions.
Make Reasonable Resolutions
If you are in the habit of making extreme resolutions, then it’s no wonder that you may have had trouble keeping those resolutions in the past. The first step to keeping any New Year’s resolution is to make reasonable resolutions that are achievable. For example, if you are a pack-a-day smoker, it would be unreasonable to say that you will successfully quit smoking in the first week of the New Year. It might be better to say that you will quit smoking over a period of a few months, by cutting back on cigarette use and getting some medical help for the nicotine addiction.
Or, you may want to lose weight in the New Year, but it’s unreasonable to think that you have lose, say, 20 pounds in one month. Instead, make weight loss a reasonable resolution by spreading the weight over a longer period of time.
So, since you have already made your resolutions, take a few moments to analyze them to determine if they are in fact reasonable. If you’ve found they are a bit extreme, simply adjust them. This doesn’t mean that you have failed – it just means that you are taking your resolutions more seriously this time around.
Tell People About Your New Year’s Resolutions
Now, other people probably don’t care a lot about your New Year’s resolutions but that shouldn’t stop you from telling them about your resolutions. Tell the people who care about you the most first and then start telling everyone else too. We all like to save face by not telling people about our goals and aspirations. That way, if we fail to succeed it’s not as embarrassing because no one knew what we were trying to achieve. However, if you are serious about keeping your resolutions, then you should tell people about them. This way, there will be less opportunity for you to back out of your resolutions because everyone you know will start asking you about how they are going. Before long, you will get so sick of the comment, “I thought you stopped smoking,” that you will actually stop smoking!
Just because you’ve set resolutions vowing to eat healthier or exercise more doesn’t mean that you can’t reward yourself. Too many people get caught up in the long-range goal and don’t set little short-term goals that can assist them in achieving their long-term goals. So, if you want to lose 60 pounds in the New Year, reward yourself at different intervals. When you lose 5 pounds, reward yourself with a little something. When you lose 15 pounds, buy yourself a new pair of running shoes or another item that will help you lose even more weight. By rewarding yourself throughout the process, you will find that’s it’s easier to stay motivated.
Pick A Time To Get Started
Too many people think that must start working on their New Year’s resolutions first thing on January 1. This doesn’t have to be the case, but it really depends on what your resolutions are. For example, if you want to quit smoking, you should probably try to quit as soon as possible. However, if your resolution is to run a marathon, you might not have to start training January 1. And, if you are the kind of person that finds it difficult to get motivated in the dead of winter, wait until spring to get started.
Don’t Pick Resolutions That You’ve Failed To Keep In The Past
If there’s a resolution that you make every year and then each year passes by without you keeping that resolution, it might be a good idea to change your resolutions altogether. It doesn’t mean that you should give up on that particular resolution – more than likely it means that you have chosen an unobtainable goal. Think about changing your goal first and then try it again.
Find Others Who Will Share In Your Resolutions
If you have trouble sticking to resolutions, it might be helpful to have others join you in achieving your resolutions. If you want to lose weight, for example, find out if you have any friends, family, or co-workers who would like to participate in the same resolution. That way you will have a team of support you can turn to when times get rough.
This is particularly important when it comes to health and fitness resolutions because they can be some of the toughest resolutions ever. If you want to train for a marathon, for example, it can be really difficult to stay motivated and learn how to push yourself farther each day. With a group of people training for the same marathon, you can encourage each other to keep training harder every day.
Keep A Record Of What You Have Accomplished
Let’s say your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and exercise more often. To keep track of your positive progress, keep a journal. To track the food you eat, you can keep a calorie counter which you can look back on to see how your eating habits have improved. For example, if you indulge in a piece of cheesecake one day, you might be discouraged and think that you’ve made no progress at all. But to see that you have made lots of positive steps you can look back at your calorie counter.
Likewise, you can keep a journal to track your physical activities. When you are feeling lazy and depressed about your progress, look back on what you’ve accomplished and you will feel motivated to continue along that path.