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How Do You Stick To Your New Years Resolutions

12 December 2019 | 0 comments | Posted by Noah in Mind, Body & Soul

How to stick to a new years resolution

New year, a great time to reset your habits and build a better you. But why New Year? It gives you a feeling of a fresh start; you can start the year all over again and make positive lifestyle changes.

It gives you an attainable deadline, and a year is an excellent time-period to change or do something substantial. Here are some tips on how to stick to your resolutions.

Exercise

Why exercise? If you have no willpower, which is the key to sticking to your goals, consistent working out is an effective way to train yourself not to give up. Start running; running is probably the best exercise to do if you want to increase your willpower.

It takes a lot of determination to finish your run, but when you do, it will be much easier to do it again, and it will reflect on all other aspects of your life.

Starting a running program might be daunting because if you are not a runner already, you are likely to put too much on your plate and give up. We have an excellent running guide for you if you want to learn how to start running and stick to it.

Exercise can also help to reduce stress and keep the depression away, which can help you in the long run since anxiety and depression are the significant causes of losing motivation for self-growth.

Baby steps

You are probably very busy and do not think that you have any time to do anything extra during the day. But if you manage your time efficiently, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish in a year.

Your list of goals for the following year may be extremely long, but the best thing you can do is let go of most of these goals. Think about what is an essential thing that you would like to achieve and choose that. You can go up to four resolutions, but anything above that is probably unattainable.

But how are you going to fit four new things into your busy schedule? Well, you are not, at least, not at once. Instead, divide your year into four parts and focus on one goal in each quarter. The entire period for your purposes lies somewhere around three months.

People tend to underestimate what they can do in a year, and overestimate what they can do in a week. That is why three months are the ideal deadline for your goals because it is short enough to have lasting motivation and long enough that it gives you enough time to do something significant.

Track your progress

While you are working on your goals daily, it is hard to step back and objectively evaluate your progress. Make a plan two weeks in advance, and after every two weeks, review your development.

Probably the best way to keep track of your goal is to have a journal. Every day write down what you have done to move close to your goal; this way, you will stay motivated to keep going, and you will have tangible evidence of your accomplishment, which is very rewarding. It helps to have a specific goal in mind, and not go to general when setting it.

For example, if your goal is to be fit, this is too broad, and it may be demotivating. Instead, write distinct goals like finishing a half marathon, or doing splits, or lifting a fixed amount of weight.

Having oversight will help you to make a better plan of action, and it is much easier to visualize.

Forgive yourself

Unless you are superhuman, setbacks are inevitable; but do not give up. Instead, think of a solution that will get you back on track. Alter the deadline to stay on a realistic track, because putting too much work onto your already filled plate will only make you stressed and push you back even further.

Learn from your mistakes and figure out what caused the setback; that way, you won’t make the same mistake again. If you are tired, make a pause and rest, but do not give up.

Find support and make yourself accountable. It will help to reduce stress and make the journey of self-improvement fun.

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