At the beginning of every year most of the U.S. population makes a New Year’s resolution. However, only about 50% of these individuals stick with their resolution through January. Even fewer, about 40%, stick with their resolution until June. Changing something about your lifestyle is hard to do, but here are a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution this year.
Make your goal a SMART goal. That is, make your goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. SMART goals contain detailed information, which help you stick to your goal. An example of this might be ‘I am going to go to the gym three times a week for an hour each, every week this month.’ Keep in mind that your goal may change over the course of the year. Also, don’t hesitate to keep making new goals throughout the year.
Get rid of the common all or nothing mentality. For example, to reach your goal of exercising more you do not need to go to the gym every day, you can go three times a week and still make progress. Many people need to slowly work into their New Year’s resolutions to make it a healthy and safe resolution. As the year goes on you can change your goal by increasing the amount of times you exercise per week.
Find a friend who has the same or a similar goal as you. Having a friend to hold you accountable for your actions can help you stick to your resolution. Not only can friends hold you accountable, they can often actively participate in helping you reach your goal. If your goal is to exercise more then ask a friend to go on a walk with you; this not only helps you reach your goal, but also gives you quality time together and makes your time exercising fly by.