5 Tips to Get Your New Years Resolutions to Stick

25 Dec

New year, new you, right? We all have things we would like to change about ourselves for the better in the new year. But trying to break a bad habit overnight is easier said than done. Actually, science says it takes 21 days to break a habit. Which would explain why most people crack their New Years resolutions even within a week. It is all about mental strength and having the willingness to actually make a change. So, that’s what I’m here to help you with! Whether you are trying lose a few pounds or stay more organized this new year, these tips can help you make it over the 21 day hump and become the new you!

First, make sure your goals are realistic. 

If your resolutions aren’t measurable, it’s not really possible to reach your goals. So, you need to make sure your goals are realistic and that you are able to measure the progress. If you write down what you want to achieve, then plan out how you will achieve it, you will be successful!

Second, create a schedule.

Creating a schedule and getting into a routine is the best way to form a new habit. Even getting through the first day of your planned schedule is enough to make you do the same thing again the next day. You can use a personal planner, a calendar, checklists, or even set alarms on your phone to help remind you of your schedule!

Third, surround yourself with motivation.

Using motivational quotes and being around motivational people can really be helpful when adjusting habits. Leaving sticky notes around your house that mean something to you can help in those moments when you feel your old habits creeping up again. Or, telling someone about your goals so that way they can check up on you and remind you how rewarding it will be in the long term can make all the difference. Remember to always stay positive and reward yourself for the little steps!

Fourth, give yourself 5 seconds before acting.

It seems when you become so accustomed to a routine that you begin to go into autopilot and don’t even think when acting, you just go. Try giving yourself 5 seconds to think before falling into the same old habit so you can make a change and not regret your decisions later!

Lastly, make gradual changes. 

Let’s be honest, if you tell yourself you are going to stop eating carbs just cold turkey, that probably won’t last long. But if you tell yourself you are going to eat less carbs in a day, that’s totally realistic and you are more likely to stick with that goal. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Give yourself small adjustments you make everyday that will help you succeed. And if you don’t do so well at first, don’t beat yourself up! Make your next move will be one that you will be grateful you took tomorrow. You can beat the 21 day rule and make your New Year’s resolutions happen, as long as you have a plan. It may not be easy at first, but you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

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