So, what can you do to make it more likely you’ll stick with your new year’s resolutions? Here are five things you can start doing now to improve your chance of success when January rolls around:
- Be prepared. Create a concrete plan now that will help you achieve your goals in the new year. For example, if you want to lose weight, come up with a set of meal plans you can use once January rolls around or start cleaning out the junk food in your pantry. If exercising more is on your list of things to do in 2017, take advantage of holiday sales to buy a new pair of sneakers or join a gym so you’re ready to hit the ground running.
- Be realistic. The best way to successfully meet your goals is to be realistic about your expectations. Small changes made over time are more likely to be achievable than major lifestyle shifts that cause you to give up before you reach the finish line.
- Be specific. It’s better to say you’re going to go to the gym three days a week for 30 minutes than to simply say “I’m going to work out more.” A specific goal is easier to plan for and achieve.
- Be accountable. If you tell other people about your resolutions or enlist a buddy, it’ll make it harder for you to “forget” your goal and will provide you with more support.
- Write it down. It might not seem like a big deal, but research shows you’re more likely to reach a goal if you write it down rather than just keeping it in your head. Post your resolutions somewhere you can see them to serve as a visual reminder of what you plan to do.
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