6 Simple Ways to Recommit to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Failed New Year’s resolutions?? Recommitting is easy.
On January 2nd you already skipped the gym for a night out with friends. On the 4th you ate half a pizza while watching The Bachelor, and on the 10th you ignored a call from your mom. You thought you committed to several realistic New Year’s resolutions, but after a week you’ve already broken all of them. You are not alone. This is actually pretty typical. Less than 10% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. So how do we fight the temptations to break the resolutions? Here are 6 simple ways to help you commit (or recommit) to your New Year’s resolutions.
1. Don’t Go it Alone
No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, finding a friend to help you stay committed is one of the easiest and surest ways to stick to your goals. This creates accountability and maybe even some healthy competition. No ones wants to be the one to admit to breaking first. This only works well though, if your chosen partner or partners are positive influences in your life. Negativity, and people who drain you emotionally are sure ways to discourage continued success.
2. Give Yourself a Break
We all make mistakes and give in to temptations from time to time. This might be the most important rule to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. DON’T GIVE UP. Even if you mess up and have a splurge day, week, or even month, all is not lost. You are still better off picking up where you messed up than giving up all together. This applies to virtually any resolution. Want an even easier way to stay committed? Give yourself a cheat day. Build this into your resolution so you don’t feel guilty when you “cheat”, and you’ll find that your endurance in sticking to your goals will be maximized.
3. Change Your Perspective
Are your New Year’s resolutions focused on things you need to change about yourself like diet, exercise, finances, etc? These are all great goals to work towards in the new year, but rather than dwelling on what hasn’t been accomplished, focus on what you’re working towards and the accomplishments you HAVE made. Another way to change perspective: set resolutions based on doing things for others and not yourself. Set a goal to volunteer once a month, do something nice for someone once a day, etc.
4. Be Honest
Your New Year’s resolutions have to be goals that you actually want to reach, and want to commit to reaching. That diet sounds like a good idea, but are you so committed to it that you really are going to give up late night take out? Reserve that as your “cheat” once a month, and you’re good to go!
5. Have a Plan
One of the biggest mistakes we make in our New Year’s resolutions is not being prepared. “I’m going to work out more”. “I’m going to eat healthier”. Have you actually scheduled work outs into your weekly calendar? Have you looked up healthy recipes on Pinterest and started to plan out your meals ahead of time? Create yourself a clear, detailed plan and you’ll be sure to succeed.
6. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Purchasing yearly memberships is a great way to stay committed to resolutions. If you buy an annual membership, then you’re locked in to achieving your goals. Gym memberships for fitness goals, Massage Envy memberships for increased health and relaxation in the new year, or organic produce delivery subscriptions for a new, healthy diet!