How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2017

A brand new year is upon us, which means it’s time to turn over a new leaf, get a fresh start, and decide what we’d like to improve about ourselves in 2017. According to recent research from StatisticBrain.com, 45 percent of Americans make some sort of New Year’s Resolutions—almost half the country! However, of that group, a depressing eight percent actually end up achieving their goal for the new year. In fact, 46 percent of those who do make resolutions end up giving up after just one month. Why do so many of us throw in the towel so quickly?

The Top New Year’s Resolutions

For one, sometimes we tend to make vague or unrealistic resolutions we honestly have no intention of keeping. The top ten New Year’s resolutions according to information from Nielsen include:

  • Getting healthy and stay fit.
  • Losing weight.
  • Enjoying life to the fullest.
  • Saving money and spend less.
  • Visiting with friends and family more often.
  • Getting the home organized.
  • Picking up a new hobby.
  • Traveling more often.
  • Reading more.
  • Resolving to not make any resolutions (really!).

How many of these resolutions have you set for yourself? Do you think you’ll follow through this year?

Following through on Your Resolutions

Try to avoid setting yourself up for failure right from the start. January really is a great time to set some new goals, as the hectic holiday season has come to a close and you can finally start getting back into your routine—or better yet, start a new routine! Here are a few tips to make sure you follow through on your resolutions this year:

  • Set definable goals. Instead of making broad statements like “I want to be skinny” or “I will eat healthy food”, make statements like “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I will eat a veggie with every meal”. Define exactly what it is you’d like to accomplish in 2017, and then set a time limit to achieve your goals, too, whether it’s a month, 6 months, by the end of the year, etc.
  • Start small. Remember, thinking you can make several big life changes all at once is bound to backfire on you, as you will undoubtedly become overwhelmed quickly. Taking things one step at a time and starting small is the best option. Start by modifying a behavior, whether it’s to exercise more or quit impulse shopping, in order for the change to occur.
  • Make it public. Telling friends and family what you’d like to achieve this year can help hold you more accountable for your actions. You can even place fun bets with others to really give you more motivation. Plus, your loved ones can provide support and be your cheering squad each time you hit one of your goals. Announce those resolutions to the world!
  • Keep track of progress. First, write down all your resolutions for the year and be as detailed as possible; this will also help hold you accountable! Then, as you hit your goals, make a note on a calendar or cross it off your list. Just seeing those positive changes allows for more progress!
  • Don’t forget to reward yourself! Recognize those accomplishments—they’re a big deal! Whether you treat yourself by purchasing something small, enjoying a special snack or dinner on the town, rewards help keep you motivated and moving forward.
  • Learn from mistakes. It’s important not to beat yourself up if you slip-up. Remember, you’re only human and are bound to have a setback here and there. Instead of getting unmotivated, simply learn from your mistake and move on, getting back on track as soon as possible.

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