We do it every year, we convince ourselves this will be the year of ________ (health, fitness, loss weight, etc). Yet every year we are abandoning our resolutions by February. Why is it so hard to stick to our New Year’s resolutions? I mean we made these goals, why is it so hard for us to keep them? Well the truth is life is hectic, and if we don’t prioritize we get overwhelmed and things start to fall through the cracks. Let’s face it, we are creatures of habit and if a habit is easier to do, then guess what!? That is the habit we will be most likely to slide back to. Yeah, accomplishing a New Year’s resolution like running a marathon would be incredible, but it’s easier for us to slide back to our old ways of only going to the gym once a week, right!? So how do you make your New Year’s resolutions stick in 2019? Easy, follow these simple guidelines:
How to Make your New Year’s Resolutions Stick in 2019
Write it down
Write down all your New Year’s resolutions somewhere where you can constantly refer back to it to keep you motivated. Use the notes section in your phone, a planner, notepad, or whatever you always have with you. If you write down a goal you are more likely to stick to it and make yourself accountable for completing that goal.
Use a Planner
Get a planner that can help you stay organized and on track to complete your New Year’s resolutions. Many people set one huge goal for New Years like, “lose 50 pounds”, but get overwhelmed with the thought of, HOW DO I LOSS 50 POUNDS!!!??? So keep it simple, break down your big resolutions into smaller weekly or monthly goals to help you complete the full resolutions. Example, “lose 3 pounds every 2 weeks” or even focusing on the healthy lifestyle side of weight loss like, “eat healthy 6 days a week”. Don’t overwhelm yourself with huge goals, you will be more likely to abandon those goals earlier.
Get an Accountability Buddy
An accountability buddy is someone who you check in with weekly or monthly to make sure you are staying on track to complete your resolutions. This can be a family member, friends, or even a fitness or life coach. But the goal is to have someone that you report to so that you are more likely to achieve your goals. We naturally don’t like disappointing people, so you will be more likely to stick to your resolutions if someone is making you accountable.
I’m a big believer in using mini incentives to help you complete tasks. I used this technique all through Med school to help push myself to study longer hours. These incentives do not have to be anything big or cost you money. Some of my favorite incentives to use are “if you complete this_____, then you can watch a 30 min show”, or “you can eat lunch after you complete this_____”. The idea is to set up a small goal and motivate yourself with something you want. Here’s an example of one I am currently using to keep myself motivated to go to the gym 5 days a week. I told myself if I go to the gym 5 days this week, then I can buy 1 new item for the gym (leggings, tops, etc). But if I don’t go to the gym all 5 days, then I get cannot buy anything for myself that week. Incentives are a great and easy tool to self-motivate.
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS! This is the easiest way to kill all your motivation and New Year’s resolutions FAST! People are creatures of habit and we a taught to categorize and compare things from a young age, which is a great skill to have but we tend to take it a step too far and get competitive and start comparing our life or progress with other peoples and this is not healthy.
Everyone is different and by constantly comparing your progress and goals to other peoples will be the quickest path to killing your joy and making you feel like giving up. Keep your eyes on your own lane and focus on the path in front of you.
Think of it like this, you are running down the road and you keep your head up and eyes in front of you so that you can see where you are going and if there are any obstacles in the way to overcome. Now image you are running that same path and you are looking side to side and not focusing on the path in front of you and guess what, YOU TRIP! That pot hole or rock you didn’t see right in front of you because you were too busy looking at the side (aka your competition) just caused you to trip and fall and guess what, had you been looking in front of you, you could of seen that coming and made an alternate path to stay on track. This is the same for New Year’s resolutions, keep your eyes on YOUR prize and focus on what YOU need to do to get to the finish line. Forget about everyone else in the race, they are not going to carry you across the finish line.
So there you have it, the top ways on how to make your New Year’s resolutions stick in 2019. Just remember to make your New Year goals a reality write down your goals, use a planner, make yourself accountable, use incentives, and STOP COMPARING YOURSELF to others. If you follow these easy guidelines you will be crushing your resolutions long into 2019.
For more ways on how to stay motivated, check out this post HERE!