The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Resolutions

The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Resolutions

After a holiday season spent indulging and relaxing, many are now gearing up for the New Year by setting some expectations and resolutions. Setting New Year’s resolutions each year can start to feel repetitive, especially when you feel like you’re setting the same goals that weren’t accomplished the first time around. Maybe you want to get in better shape, control some of your bad habits, or get better sleep. There are an endless amount of ways people wish to change their lives for the better in the new year. Coming into a new decade, there is no better time to think of how you can improve your way of life and general well-being. However, creating resolutions for yourself has proven to be difficult for most. In fact, 92% of people don’t stick to their resolutions. Why is this? When it comes to creating New Year’s resolutions, there are a lot of common mistakes that people tend to make. If you’re looking for advice on how to create some solid resolutions and also how to stick to them, look no further. Here's the ultimate guide to creating (and sticking to) your New Year's Resolutions.

Make the Right Resolution

First and foremost, when creating resolutions to follow, make sure you’re making the right ones. Be sure that whatever goal you set for yourself, you are doing it only for yourself and no one else. It can be easy to succumb to the pressures of society and those around you to look or feel a certain way, but setting resolutions based on others will make them less meaningful and that much harder to follow. Make each resolution you set personal, and something that pertains specifically to you and who you are. Maybe it’s getting rid of a specific bad habit you have, like biting your nails or going to bed too late each night. It’s best to properly assess yourself and what’s achievable for you.

Specific and Measurable

When creating New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to be very specific. Vague goals are much harder to achieve, as there isn’t a concrete idea of what you hope to get out of it. For example, setting a resolution of “get better sleep” may be too vague to properly tackle. Something better may be: invest in a better mattress, or stick to a set bedtime and wake up time each day. On top of this, setting a resolution that is measurable is also important for creating attainable goals. It’s a good idea to log the process and record your progress in some way. This will help you hold yourself accountable and visually see the results as they occur.

Create a Plan You Can Actually Achieve

In order to create resolutions for the new year that are properly attainable, you should create a plan that is realistic to you and your abilities. Take each goal day by day, and try to practice doing each goal for at least 10-30 minutes a day. Attempting something that isn’t within your abilities will set you back. Whatever your goal may be, set aside time to try it for a month. Once you’ve completed the first month, tackling the rest of the year will seem less daunting. Now that you’ve created your resolutions, how do you truly stick to them? Here are two tips that’ll help you stick to your resolutions all year long.

Share Your Experiences With Others

Reach out to friends and family to discuss your progress and experiences. Doing so will allow for extra support in your endeavors and will help you feel encouraged to keep going. Openly discussing your feelings about your experience is a good way to remind yourself why you’re doing what you are. Share your resolutions with your friends and family, they’ll be proud of your progress!

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

One of the most important things to remember in sticking to your goals is to never be too hard on yourself. We all have moments where we may forget, be too tired, or just wish to cut ourselves some slack and that’s totally fine. It’s important to not tear yourself down because doing so will only hinder your progress. Sticking to your resolutions can be very difficult, and you should always be reminding yourself of how strong you are for sticking to them. Coming into the new decade, setting New Year’s resolutions can seem an intimidating task. However, with this guide, you’ll be sure to take on your goals like an absolute pro!
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