Let’s face it, the hardest part about making New Year’s resolutions is actually keeping them; I’ve been known to break mine within 24 hours of making them. However, anybody can make New Year’s resolutions, but resolving to keep them is an important step to success in the New Year. Here are some ways you can resolve to keep your resolutions this year.
• Tell your friends about your resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions should never be made in secret. It is easier to give up on a resolution that no one knows about because no one will ever know that you failed. Tell people you know what you would like to accomplish this year. Having someone there to hold you accountable and offer encouragement makes keeping these promises a little easier.
• Be realistic about your goals.
Resolving to look like a Victoria’s Secret angel or The Rock is just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, start small by cutting back on sodas or going to the gym every day. Making unrealistic goals will only disappoint you in the end, so be sure to make attainable resolutions.
• Develop a plan that will lead you to success.
Developing ways to stick to your resolutions can also help you keep them. If you are resolving to lose weight or exercise more often, make a schedule and follow through with it. If your resolution is to save for a car, create a budget you can stick to. This also goes hand-in-hand with telling your friends, as they can help you stick to whatever your plans are.
• Forgive yourself when you slack off.
Don’t give up just because you didn’t go to the gym one day or you spent too much money on Xbox games last month; it happens to the best of us. Realize your mistakes and learn how to avoid them the next time around. Lay out your gym clothes every night and place your alarm on the opposite side of the room if you have trouble getting up in the morning. Also, don’t carry cash if it tends to burn a hole in your pocket. The key is to take each day at a time and not to let your failures bring you down.
• Reward yourself when you do well.
When you meet a goal, whether big or small, treat yourself. But treat yourself to something that does not break your resolution, like eating that entire tub of ice cream in the freezer. If you have resolved to run a mile every day, treat yourself to new running shoes, or if you have lost five pounds, buy yourself a new shirt.
• Most importantly, don’t give up.
After a few weeks of diet food, you might be ready to throw your diet plan out the window and head to McDonalds, but you must resist the temptation because it’s not worth it. Picture yourself achieving your goals and you will be more motivated to say no to the fast food or skipping the gym.
Resolutions can be hard, but the prize for keeping them is much greater than giving up. Make 2013 your best year ever, and keep those resolutions.
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By: Eryn Tolley