With the first month of 2019 coming to a close (goodbye, January!), you may be starting to lose some of that initial spark over knocking out your New Year’s resolutions. But don’t worry, it is possible to keep your resolutions going strong through the whole year! Keep that motivation that you started out with on January 1st and start to build upon it throughout the year as you see your goals come to light.
Here are three tips to help you keep your resolutions, even after January has come and gone.
1. Find someone (or something) to keep you accountable. – Ask your best friend, family, or coworkers to keep you accountable to your goals. Having someone who is going to check in with you to see if you really did make it to the gym or stick to your nutrition plan helps ensure that you will stick with your plans. Another great way to find accountability is to stick with a community of people who are after the same goals as you. Friends you make at the gym will likely help you stay motivated to get your workouts in.
2. Set realistic mini-goals each month. – If your New Years resolution seems big and overwhelming, set mini-goals each month that will get you closer to your end goal. Think about the baby steps you need to take to get you to your goal, and just start somewhere! Having little “wins” each month will give you the sense of accomplishment you crave and put you one step closer to your end goal.
3. Plan for success. – Plan, plan, plan! This is the best daily habit to help you make your New Year’s resolution an actual part of your life. Take inventory of your current lifestyle (schedule, eating habits, sleep habits, social life) and figure out what aligns with your goals or what may not. Then, start planning accordingly. If your resolution is to be healthier, and you are only clocking five hours of sleep a night, plan for an earlier bed time to get those extra hours in. If you are trying to get your nutrition in check, but are running for take-out everyday come lunchtime, plan ahead the night before and pack a healthy meal to take with you to work. The more you have a plan in place, the less likely you will be to regress on those big goals.