New Year, New Beginnings: How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m a huge advocate for New Year’s resolutions and January is a great time for self-reflection and setting goals for self-improvement.

The start of a new year brings with it endless possibilities and the opportunity to make some positive changes in your life. Many people often say, “I don’t have to wait until the New Year to make a change, I can do that anytime I like!” This is absolutely true, however, there’s nothing like having a clean slate and setting a vision for yourself for the year ahead. Just like a new chapter in a book, each year is completely different than the last so why not set yourself up for success and have an amazing next chapter?

While the task of reflecting and coming up with a resolution may be fairly easy, it can be hard to keep your resolution and the enthusiasm going months after you ring in the New Year. We often get caught up in our busy lives and put too much pressure on ourselves to live up to our resolutions that we end up with lost motivation come February, and give up altogether.

It doesn’t have to be this way! There are many techniques you can use to fulfill your goals. Here are 5 simple tips and tricks that you can follow to help you stay on track and stick to your New Year’s resolution.

1. Write it down

writingWrite down your goals on paper. Whether you use post-it notes and place them all over your bedroom or workspace to serve as daily reminders, or jot them down in your calendar or agenda – the point is that you write them down. Writing down your goals will make you significantly more likely to achieve them rather than just mentally vowing to follow through with them. By taking a physical action to acknowledge your intentions, you are committing to what you are planning to accomplish.
Keep a journal of your progress. Doing so can help you to stay on top of your goals, including what’s working and what isn’t, which can help you to

Keep a journal of your progress. Doing so can help you to stay on top of your goals, including what’s working and what isn’t, which can help you to re-evaluate and make adjustments if and when necessary.

2. Make a vision board

tapeCreating your own vision board full of inspirational quotes, photos, and positive mantras and putting it in a space where you see it every day can help you to visualize and manifest the changes you want to make in the New Year.

A “vision” board coincides with the process of visualization – the act of thinking about all your hopes, wishes and desires for the year and continuously reinforcing these thoughts by looking at your board on a day-to-day basis to make them a reality. It is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.

3. Be realistic

It is extremely important to be realistic about the resolutions you set for yourself. Don’t commit to goals you know are completely out of your reach – that’s just setting yourself up for failure. Try and break them down into smaller steps and focus on one aspect at a time. This can make your overall goal more achievable as looking at it as a whole can be overwhelming and quite discouraging. Baby steps are okay – each one gets you closer to the final outcome.

Choose a goal that is most meaningful to you as opposed to your mother, father, brother, sister or friend. Everyone is different and has different capabilities, likes, and dislikes so when you choose a resolution that will give YOU the greatest satisfaction, you are more likely to have the desire and drive to fulfill it.

4. Find a support system

friends peace signTackling a resolution on your own can be intimidating at times, especially when you’re having an “off” day. That’s why having a good support system is important in achieving your goals. A good support system will provide you with guidance and encouragement when you get frustrated on your bad days, and will celebrate with you when you accomplish tasks on your good days.

Your support system can be anyone you choose – a family member, a good friend or a positive co-worker. You can also start a blog or Instagram page and make connections with others in this way. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone you trust about what you are experiencing. Being open to others can help give you the confidence to continue working toward your resolutions.

5. Accept setbacks and reward yourself

sweater cameraYou are going to experience setbacks on the journey to completing your goals for the New Year. Things will happen, some which are out of your control and others where you simply make mistakes or get sidetracked – and that’s okay. Having setbacks does not mean that there is anything wrong with you or that you are incapable of reaching your goal. We are all human and we are not perfect, and once you accept this fact, it is easier to get back on track when you falter.

When you do get back on track and complete even small steps towards your resolutions, make sure to reward yourself! Go out and celebrate with friends, treat yourself to a yummy dinner or buy yourself something nice. By rewarding yourself, you are acknowledging all your hard work and accomplishments, which makes you feel good on the inside. It increases your confidence and helps you to strive for more.

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About the author

Marta Molga is a Graduate of York University’s Communication Studies program and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications from Sheridan College. She has a deep love for travel, and in her spare time you can find her in the gym or volunteering and raising money for a good cause. Connect with her on LinkedIn.