January 2015 has come and gone, and if you’re like many New Year’s Resolutioners, so have your Resolutions. Whether your resolution was to create (and stick to) a personal budget or to work out more and eat healthier, sticking to it is likely becoming increasingly difficult. Follow the five steps below to keep going strong (or get back on track) with your New Year's Resolution.
- Get Back On-Track Immediately.
With the excitement of New Year’s, starting strong with your resolution probably wasn’t very difficult. However, as a few weeks go by, the excitement wears off and you can quickly find yourself falling back into old habits. If you find that you’ve slipped from your plan, you need to Get back on-track immediately. Putting it off until its convenient will have you choosing the same resolution next year.
- Adjust Your Goals.
Some of the most popular resolutions like ‘Get Healthy’ or ‘Save More Money’ are vague and hard to stick to. What do you mean by get healthy? Are you wanting to eat better? Work out more? Both? Adjusting your goals to be more specific can be a great way to help you maintain your resolve.
- Talk About It.
Tell friends, family, and anyone who will be supportive of the change you’re attempting to make. Sometimes a little extra support can go a long way. Ideally, you’ll encourage someone to join you and you can help each other along the way. If nothing else, you’ll have more motivation to keep going, as to not have to face the shame of telling them you’ve given up.
- Track Your Progress
Keep track of each milestone you reach, no matter how small it seems at the time. One week of no fast food can turn into a month of no fast food when you know how well you’ve been doing. On the other hand, when you feel like you’ve been slipping up lately, looking back at your progress can help you keep going.
- Reward Yourself
With each small victory, treat yourself. Take the time to acknowledge that you did what it took to achieve your goal. This doesn’t mean eating an entire box of chocolates because you went a week without eating any M&Ms. Instead, treat yourself with something that you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. How are your New Year's Resolutions going?