It’s a new year and new you.
I bet you say that every year. I know I do.
I’ve been working on my muscles and strength for 5 years now. *sigh*
Keeping resolutions can be hard. Here are a few tips to help you get started in keeping your resolutions!
Stop Making Excuses
One of my favourite excuses I hear about why people cannot keep their resolutions is:
“It is really difficult to keep my resolutions because it is hard to add something new to the routine I am accustomed to”.
This statement screams “I don’t have my priorities straight” and I always want to roll my eyes when people say this. But my mother says that is rude and I shouldn’t do that.
I don’t know about you but during the holidays, my routine completely goes out the window! There are family dinners, visiting friends and relatives, travelling, and so many other things that get in the way with your routine. How do you keep one!?
So it seems to me that the New Year is a perfect time to set a new resolution and add it to your routine. Unless you happen to be a wizard and keep your routine over the holidays, it’s already messy and can be tweaked a little bit.
Also, if this resolution is going to benefit you somehow, isn’t it worth adding to your routine?
Like write it down in your planner, agenda, online calendar, or whatever you use. And write it in for the next few months (that is likely how long it will take you to make it a habit).
Not only does scheduling things make you more productive, it will help to keep you accountable. Everyday you skip your resolution, you will look at your calendar and know that you skipped. How do you think that will make you feel?
Get a Buddy
Having a partner in crime to help you work through your resolution will increase your chances of keeping that resolution.
Your partner should be someone who knows you well- knows when you will flake out or when you need a break. It should be someone who is going to be honest with you no matter what, but not someone who is going to be unnecessarily harsh or make you feel like poo if you miss a day.
It takes time to build a habit or, in this case, a resolution. Work with someone who understands that there will be days missed and days where you struggle, but also knows how to get you motivated and back on the right track!
Make Sure It Is Realistic
So many of us set unrealistic goals for ourselves. Mostly because we see people who have what we want and we go at it the way they did.
But it doesn’t work.
Because what works for someone else doesn’t necessarily work for you.
That person who just lost 30lbs in 1 month? That is awesome for them! But don’t hold yourself to someone else’s triumphs. Make your own triumphs.
Find what works best for you and go for it. Sometimes this will take some trial and error.
Break Things into Chunks & Celebrate the Small Wins
We can be so hard on ourselves. We only see the end goal and everything short of that goal is unacceptable and doesn’t deserve praise or celebration.
Yes, there is an end goal. But that doesn’t mean we have to diminish the hard work we have put into getting there.
Take for example this blog. Do you think I started out with as many blog posts/resources/subscribers/etc. that I did? No. Because that is unrealistic.
We all start at zero.
Break your larger goal down into smaller goals.
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Think About Why You Set That Particular Goal
There is a reason you set the goal you did. What is it?
Because you want it? Because someone else wants it for you? Because you feel like you have to?
Make sure you are setting your goals for the right reasons. If we are doing something for someone else or because we feel like we need to, it is unlikely we will keep this resolution.
In order to be successful in keeping our resolutions, we have to want them for ourselves. We have to be happy with the resolutions we have set. We have to really want it.In order to be successful in keeping our resolutions, we have to want them for ourselves. We have to be happy with the resolutions we have set. We have to really want it. Click To Tweet Your resolutions shouldn't be something you set just because. It should be something that excites you. Something that you will be happy to do and happy to keep. Click To Tweet
What are your tips for keeping resolutions?
Happy New Year! And Happy Resolution-Keeping!