Naming a New Year’s Resolution is common for many people, and generally it’s with good intentions. However, many people don’t actually stick to said resolutions. But don’t fret, you don’t have to become another statistic, especially after the year we just had. Instead of calling it quits in January, February or March, consider the following tips for sticking to your resolutions until the end of the year — and into 2022:
Make Small Changes to Start
For some people, the hardest part of sticking to the goal is the fact that you’ve decided to completely change a part of your life around and you’re expected to simply roll with it the second the clock strikes 12 a.m. after your NYE celebration. Instead of expecting too much of yourself right off the bat, make small changes. Instead of promising to go to the gym six days a week, promise yourself you’ll go at least once a week in the month of January. See how well you do with the small changes and work your way up from there.
Create a Specific Plan
The more specific you are about your resolution, the better you can envision achieving it in the end. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and how you’re going to do it. Leave your action plan in a place where you’ll see it daily, such as the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator or your desk.
Set a Goal You Want to Achieve, Not One You Think You Need to Achieve
It’s easy to say you’ll exercise more or get your finances in order when everyone else declares this their resolution, but is that really what you want to do? Stop focusing on what you think you need to achieve based on resolution popularity and instead set a goal that you feel passionate about.
Gift Yourself for Sticking to Your Goal
A simple gift to yourself to acknowledge your hard work is not only a great way to boost your mood throughout the year — it’s also the perfect opportunity for encouragement and holding yourself accountable. In other words, if you’re proving to be consistent with meeting the goal, you get to treat yourself. An iced coffee, a new book or even a gorgeous, fresh bouquet of flowers from Teleflora are a few of the many simple gifts to give to yourself for your hard work.