I believe that New Year Resolutions and all that “new year, new me” is bullshit, because if you really want to make a positive change in your life, you don’t need the 1st of January as an excuse. But I am aware that new things – as a new year – bring enthusiasm, freshness, hope and other positive feelings, so I think it is good to take advantage of this feelings and do something better. But New Year Resolutions stick for just a couple of weeks. Here are some simple tricks to help you stick to a New Year resolution.
1. Picture yourself sticking to the resolution
This might be difficult because it’s all about autosuggestion. If deep down you don’t believe you will stick to your resolution, then most probably you won’t.
Picture yourself working out and feeling good for doing it, for example.
2. Clean around the house
A major clean up will help. And when I say major, I mean it! Throw everything that you haven’t used for a couple of months. It will give you new space and it will make you feel better, ready to stick to a new year resolution!
It is known the fact that writing things down help us memorize and picture those things better. Make a list with your resolutions to give you the change to analyze, picture and stick to them.
4. Be honest
Disappointment is one of the biggest enemy of a resolution. We are disappointed that we don’t get the results that we expect and we give up. Before taking the commitment to stick to a resolution, be honest with yourself:
- are you really going to stick to it?
- do you have all the resources?
- are there enough and real benefits if you stick to it?
- do you believe all this?
5. Take baby steps
If you know that you are just like me, and a miracle lasts no longer that 3 days, start with baby steps. Don’t set anything big and fancy. Start with very small things like, drink an extra glass of water each day or wake up 30 mins earlier than usual. Once you achieve this small milestones, you can go bigger. It’s important to have a solid base. :)
6. Reward yourself
And I don’t mean to high five yourself. When you write down your resolutions, set some milestones as well. For example: work out one month without skipping a day, 6 months without junk food and so on. Set some rewards when you reach those milestones, it will encourage and motivate you to stick to the resolution.
Don’t give yourself rewards that will make you give up: if you’ve worked out for an entire month without skipping a day, don’t treat yourself with a week without working out – buy yourself a new pair of trainers instead, it will help you stick to the resolution and award yourself as well. :)
7. Ask a friend for help
BFF required! Not just to help you stick to a new year resolution, but to celebrate with you your achievements. Tell them about your resolution, ask for their opinion and also ask them to be there for you, encourage and celebrate with you. Feeling appreciated for something will give you the confidence that you will need to keep going.
Maybe you won’t be able to stick to a new year resolution 100%. That doesn’t mean that you failed and you don’t have to become obsessed with it and to forget about your life. This can lower your self esteem and it is not healthy and will not help you at all.
Also don’t share on social media everything about how your resolution is going every single time you get the chance – it’s kinda lame.
9. Do your research
You can also include this in the “picture yourself sticking to the resolution” step as well. Even though some say that you need between 21 to 30 days to form a new habit, a new research reveals that we need more that 2 months (66 days, to be more precise) to form a new habit – and I believe it’s true: the 21-30 days never worked for me.
So do your homework and find out what resources you need, how much it will take, what could be the side effects etc. This will help you to set quite realistic expectations and you will be able to evaluate your progress.
10. Use technology & science
There are so, so many apps out there that can help you keep tracking on your diet, workout or just motivate you. But if you want to be sure that you aren’t taking any risks, go to the doctor – ask for his advice as well.
11. Last, but not least, have fun!
Don’t forget that life is not all about resolutions, sticking to them and posting your progress on social media. Enjoy and appreciate yourself for deciding to do something better for yourself!
I hope that these simple ideas will help you stick to your new year resolution!
Please let me know if they’ve worked for you or if you have other tricks that help you stick to a new year resolution.