Almost every New Year’s Resolution is dropped before the end of the year. Here are some methods to form better goals and stick to them once you’ve made them.
1- Don’t leap into all of them at once
To start with, don’t try and achieve every resolution at the same time. Pace yourself and introduce each resolution one at a time. Wait until you’re comfortable and confident with the current resolutions before you add in the next one. Otherwise, you run the risk of overwhelming and exhausting yourself trying to juggle so many new things at the same time.
2- Get Specific
Every time you approach a new resolution, set a number for where you want to be at the end of this year. Then cut that into four parts for where you want to be each quarter, and use that number to set goals for every week. If the goal is about doing something consistently, start by doing it only once a week or for less time. Then gradually increase to the full amount you want to be at.
3- Create Rewards for Achieving Your Goals
Nothing says “job well done!” like a reward for achieving your goals! If you set up a small reward for hitting your goal every week and a larger one for each month, you can encourage yourself to stick with your goals for the entire year!
4- Have to People Holding You Accountable
Keep other people involved in your New Year’s resolutions and you are much more likely to stick with them! Not only can they provide you with encouragement, but they can also help you come up with better ideas for how to achieve your goals. If you created rewards for yourself, consider having the other person hold on to them for you, or have them agree to your reward system before creating it.
5- Remember That It’s Okay To Mess Up
No matter who it is, we all slip up on our goals from time to time. The important thing is to not give up after you fail. Even if it’s been a whole week or month since you’ve attempted to stick with your goal, reset yourself. So long as you’re still honestly going for your goals, you’re way ahead of where you’d be if you gave up.