There is plenty of literature out there on ways to help keep our 2016 New Year’s Resolution in check! It has been a few weeks now and although for some it may be easy in the beginning, for others, it is more of a challenge to get into a new routine, or habit of something we in most cases blindly promised ourselves as the countdown ended 2015 last year. Whatever your current situation might be, don’t worry – we are here to help! We took the time to gather some expert advice from all over, to ensure that the excitement and commitment to the first few weeks of these new ambitious goals keep strong into the months to come! While some have us have resolved to finish off that bottom floor renovation, others have decided that they will run every day for 20 minutes, or cut out sugar, and others decided to focus on the overall health benefits of body and mind to clear their mind and live a more stress-free 2016!
We have outlined a few different strategies that will help promote healthy and successful changes akin to your hopes and goals for 2016:
Set Realistic Goals
Making unrealistic goals is the most common mistake and the surest way to fall short of your goals. An example of this would be to set a goal to “Never eat sugar again”. Instead, try, “try to cut down on sugar as much as possible”.
Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
Rather than writing your goals up on New Year’s Eve or day, try making a list over time. It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. By developing this list over time you will have thought through each one of your goals. It is a good idea to have this list with you so that you can refer back to it when you feel like you just may be slipping!
Talk About It
Rather than keeping your goals to yourself, it has been noted if you speak to loved ones about them it can help keep you on track. By having a support group like friends and family, they can also make changes to help accommodate your desired lifestyle. Even better, you may influence those around you to make changes for the better as well!
Don’t be so hard on yourself! After keeping up with a goal for a week or two, why not reward yourself. That sweet taste of indulgence will help inspire you to keep going, knowing that there is a light at the end of your resolution tunnel!
Track Your Progress
It may not seem like a lot has been accomplished or resolved, but you should keep track of each small success. Whither you have a short-term goal like losing 10 pounds before your vacation, or long term goal like travel to at least 5 places before the end of the year, tracking your steps towards this goal will help keep it going strong!
Stick to It
You may want to call it quits especially if you are not seeing any results, but experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Knowing this, understand that it will not happen overnight so try to hold on and be persistent and patient!
And finally, Keep Trying and DON’T give up!
If you have past that 21 day mark and are still feeling like you are better off resuming to an old habit or way, remember all the other strategies such as your list, your family and friend support, and your own tracking methods that have been rewarding you for those little steps! If you think you are on the brink of an epic fail, don’t stress, just start again! Recommit 24 hours, experts say, and do this over and over again and before you know it weeks will have gone by and your second or third attempt will have been a success, and worth it all!
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We really hoped this help and remember, even when it gets tough, there are many others that are going through the same thing during these wintery new months of the New Year, and are also trying hard not to give up! So let’s support each other in making 2016 the year it all happens for us!!!