You may need a little more than some willpower to make your New Year’s resolutions stick.
The end of the year is nearing, and many of us have decided to get healthy, save more money, help others, and enjoy life to the fullest. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, you can make a dedicated attempted to stick to them. Studies have shown that only one in five people manage to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Check out these tricks that can help you do just that.
Set Realistic Goals
Assess your current situation – what can be achieved, realistically? If you only have one job, it may be impossible to save up $20,000 in a year. If you have a jam-packed schedule, you may be setting yourself up for failure if you plan on riding your bike for an hour a day. While it’s good, and important, to aim high, you don’t want to start off with an unrealistic goal.
Break Your Goal into Smaller Steps
Now that you’ve decided on what you want to accomplish in a year, break that goal down and be as precise as possible. Rather than just aiming to exercise more, plan out the exact days and times of gym visits. If you want to save money, write down how much you’ll save each month and where you’ll keep it.
Tell Your Friends
Studies have shown that people are generally more successful if they tell people about their goals. Once you’ve voiced it, it becomes real, and people may even ask about it throughout the year so you don’t want to let them down.
Record Your Progress
In general, experts say it takes 21 to 28 days to learn a habit. Record your progress so that you remember where you were and where you want to be. Each step of the way will be motivation to keep on going. Even if you haven’t adapted to your new gym routine or lifestyle change in 28 days, don’t worry, other research says it could take as long as 66 days. So, keep going!
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