10 tips to help you stick to New Year's resolutions
-by Daveny Ellis
So many of us have tried hard to make resolutions for the new year.
Ranging from the benign to the necessary, each year to make lists and fall off the wagon for a variety of reasons. Why do many find it so difficult to stick to New Year's resolutions?
Are we going about this New Year's Resolution business all wrong?
Maybe we are and if so, we might want to rethink how we approach the Resolutions made for 2020.
Here are ten tips to help with making better resolutions and keeping them:
1. Resolutions do not have to be set in stone: try to not be so strict about the resolutions. It would be better to see them as things we want to do rather than things we have to do.
2. Figure out the why: Identifying the motive for the goal matters.
3. Get out of your own way: Now you have figured out what you want, the next step is to get going. Good intentions will not overcome lifelong habits. Use journaling or meditation to overcome negative thoughts and also to reflect deeply on what motivates you and what is required to stay motivated.
4. Keep your resolutions simple: Simple resolutions are easy to focus on and make them easier to achieve.
5. Choose resolutions carefully: Concentrate on those that will have the greatest impact on your happiness, health and fulfillment.
6. Be realistic: Focus on what is achievable. Aiming high can be great but this can make it even harder to achieve things by year end.
7. Create bite-sized portions: Break your goals down into manageable bits. Instead of saying you want to lose 30 pounds, set a goal to lose five pounds and increase gradually.
8. Set a goal date: Having a set date with a time frame can make it easier for you to plan and adjust as you work towards the goal.
9. Give yourself room for error: Do not be afraid of failing. You can start over and try again. Learn from mistakes in trying to achieve the goals. Great things takes time.
10. Don't be so hard on yourself: Be forgiving of yourself. Don't be so quick to throw out the towel with your resolutions. Use the "old you" as a lesson and hopefully the New Year just allows you to be a better you.