Whether your New Year’s resolution was to talk to people in all 50 states or just to blog a few more times each month, it can be hard to follow through with those well-meaning promises once January 2nd rolls around. Are you already struggling with keeping your pledge to forgo fast food or watch less TV? Here are some tips to keep you on track… at least until February.
Use peer pressure to your advantage
When you tell your friends about your resolution, you’ll have a whole army of people bugging you about it and keeping you on the right path.
Chunk it out
Trying to lose 15 pounds or repaint the entire house? Don’t try and do it all at once. Break your resolution down into smaller, achievable pieces that lead to your ultimate goal. This way you’ll be making measurable progress while not letting yourself off the hook or getting overwhelmed.
It’s not about perfection
We’re all human, so you’re bound to slip up at some point and sneak that chocolate or watch an episode of The Bachelor even after you swore it off for 2017. Don’t let your short-term defeat deny you long-term success. One chocolate bar or reality show is still way less than you consumed in 2016.
Reward yourself along the way
You don’t need to wait until December 31st to celebrate your achievements. Give yourself something special every month (or even every week) that you’ve stuck to your resolution. This is supposed to be fun, right!
Don’t be afraid to tweak things
So, maybe walking 20,000 steps every day was a little too ambitious. There’s nothing wrong with re-evaluating your initial goal and adjusting it once you start. Course correction is healthy and natural!
Got any great tips you want to share or tales of past resolutions you’ve met (or not)? Let us know in the comments below.