How are you staying true to your New Year resolutions this year? Here are 10 tips to help you achieve your goals by 2016.
Some resolutions die quickly. Others hang on for a while, languishing while their owners stick with their efforts for a few weeks or months. But the majority do die, and mostly because the people who make them don't have a plan to make them come true.
Think Long-Term, Act Short-Term
If you make a monumental resolution this year, break it down into small, doable chunks that you can work on daily, weekly and monthly. If, for example, you want to save $5,000, don't focus on the total amount. Instead, focus only on saving the $100 a week it takes to save $5,000 in a year.
Focus On The Journey, Not The Destination
If you want to lose 20 pounds, resolve to do the things that will help you achieve that goal. Resolve to go to the gym five days a week, fill half your plate with vegetables or stop late-night snacking at least three nights a week. Be sure to stop and mentally acknowledge your small achievements as you approach your goal.
Block Out Time For Your Resolutions On Your Calendar
If you're serious about achieving your goals, be serious about dedicating the time it takes to do so. Put it in your calendar, treat it like a business meeting and stick to it.
Everything is better with a buddy, including working toward your resolutions. So find a friend with similar goals and partner up in your efforts. Workout together. Go grocery shopping together. Share coupons and share encouragement. Check out these awesome partner workouts for a quick and easy sweat sesh you can do with your partner.
Talk About It
Believe it or not, peer pressure and the fear of embarrassment can be incredibly useful. Telling your family and friends about your goals can keep you on track because you'll be afraid of letting them down. Try setting up something with friends at work or think about joining a DietBet to stay motivated and encourage one another.
Track Your Progress
There will be days when you feel like quitting. There will be days when you don't think you're gaining any ground. These are the days when you need to look at your progress log and see just how far you've come. So be sure to keep track of your progress in a journal, word file, or maybe even start a blog! It will help keep you going.
Make It Easy On Yourself
There is an app for absolutely everything, so why not use them? Find apps that help you track progress, provide inspiration and even ideas about how to achieve your goal. Apps make life--and resolutions--easier. There are also tools designed to make it easy for you to achieve--tools like Bulu Box.
Remember, making your New Year's resolution a reality is about the journey, so enjoy it. Celebrate all the little victories you are sure to achieve along the way, just make sure your celebrations don't derail your efforts. In other words don't go out for ice cream to celebrate weight loss or go on a shopping spree to celebrate the fact that you've saved a significant amount of money.
Reassess your resolutions
If there is one constant in life, it is change. Your situation will change throughout the year, so make sure to reassess your resolution. What if you can't afford to save $100 a week? Should you give up on your resolution? Absolutely not. Instead, maybe you save $50 or $25 a week. It's not $5,000, but it is better than nothing at all.