We’ve already passed the gym’s favorite time of year: when millions of people look themselves in the mirror and decide they’re going to make a change. Likewise, February is their least favorite time of year, due to the constant cycling through refund policies.
Whether your New Years Resolution is staying fit or something more personal most can agree that it’s often difficult to keep up these resolutions. Is it even possible? Can you actually fulfill your 2018 Resolutions?
The simple answer is: yes! You can! Cue celebration music!
It is entirely possible to complete a task if you set your mind to it and work hard. That being said, many people make a few key mistakes that make keeping your resolutions much more difficult.
Here are a few tips and tricks so you can stay on track for your New Years Goals!
1. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
This is the most important rule, and the rule that most people break early on in the year. So what if you overslept and missed that day at the gym, or indulged in something that you promised to avoid? Take a nap, and get back up and try again the next day.
It’s easy to use one weak moment as an excuse to abandon your goals. But the point of a New Year’s Resolution isn’t to commit to something perfectly every single day: it’s to better yourself, or bring growth and positivity into your new year.
Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better adopting a long-term habit than keeping a perfect record for 2 weeks.
2. Try A Slow Build Instead
It’s a lot easier to ween yourself off of a bad habit than quit cold turkey, and this is why a lot of people tend to abandon their New Year’s Resolutions. As mentioned, the point of this journey is to adopt a new habit and better yourself.
Instead of deciding on January 1st that you’re giving up a habit, say that you’ll do something less in January. And even less in February. And so forth. By the end of the year, you’ll likely have completed your New Year’s Resolution without all of the withdrawal symptoms.
3. Keep Tabs
Unless, of course, your New Years Resolution is to keep a planner. In that case, read above.
For a lot of people, it helps to see the goals you make for yourself on paper. It’s also helpful to tangibly track your project, as seeing your success motivates you to continue your journey. Keep a small notebook and document every time you maintain your goal. Even if you slip up a couple of times, you will always be reminded of the good work that you put in.
Changing yourself for the better is hard work, and you should be rewarded for such a strong effort! As coined by Parks and Rec., it’s okay to “Treat Yo’ Self” every once and a while, and you should!
Have any more personal tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below!
Cover Image by: Brooke Lark