Each year, hundreds of thousands of people make new years’ resolutions that they fail to see through. As a matter of fact, according to Forbes, only 8% off people who make these resolutions actually complete them. If you’re one of these people, let us show you how to get back on track instead of waiting until 2015 to try again. Here are 5 simple tips you can use to help you complete your resolutions despite the few months you’ve lost.
Write down your resolutions and keep them somewhere where you can see them
When completing resolutions or goals, visibility is the key. The reason many people do not achieve their resolutions is because they get side tracked and then just forgot about them. Out of sight – out of mind! If you have a dry erase board put it somewhere that you will see it every day. Note cards are also helpful. You can tape them to your car visor, in your office, on your refrigerator, and even on your bathroom mirror. Sounds simple but the technique is very effective at keeping your goal in the forefront of your mind.
Monitor your progress closely
Actually seeing your progress is a motivator to continue pushing toward your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight weigh yourself at regular intervals and keep track of your weight loss. Creating a chart of the number of pounds and inches you’ve lost can be a great incentive to keep going.
Re-evaluate your resolutions
Sometimes you are really confident about your goal or timeline and will continue to push yourself until you burn out. Then you begin to resent the fact that you even created the resolution in the first place. Take some time to reevaluate what you have to do, the time, and money that it will take to do it, and compare it to the time and money that you have. Life happens and it’s okay to modify your resolution as long as you make steps forward. A common resolution is to get out of debt. The reason this is often not accomplished is because current money issues arise and take precedence over old debts. Re-evaluate your plan periodically to eliminate large, looming debts this year and other smaller debts next year. It’s fine to take baby steps.
Have someone hold you accountable
Having a resolution partner is a great way to make sure that you complete your resolutions because it provides you with accountability. Whether it’s a friend or family member this person has to be fully vested in helping you stay on track. Keep in mind that having a resolution partner who is doing the same resolution that you are doing can be a catch 22. Let’s take going to the gym….On one hand; you have someone to workout with you, but on the other hand, if that person starts making excuses why they don’t want to work out (I’m tired, it’s too cold outside, etc.), then it may ultimately demotivate you.
Break down big goals into smaller goals
Large resolutions sound great until you get ready to start them. Have you heard someone say, “I am not going to smoke this year”? It may have even been you. Quitting cold turkey can be hard, so break down your goals into smaller ones. If you smoke 3 packs a week, for the next 3 months smoke 2 packs a week, then the next 3 months move to only 1 pack a week. By December you aren’t smoking at all. Developing a plan like this can make it simpler to achieve your resolution and having the accomplishments of reaching the smaller goals to look back on can be a catalyst to keep going!