Tips on how to Maintain your New Year’s Resolution
Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions can be hard. We all start with the best of intentions, but as we get further into the year they are often forgotten, pushed to the wayside by every day life.
But setting goals for the year can be a great exercise in mindfulness, and checking in with those goals can be a great motivator. Research has found that people who make and write down their resolutions are 10 times more likely to change their behaviour than those who don’t make yearly goals. Simply the act of deciding to make a change can be enough to enact said change.
We decided to share some of our tips on how to make resolutions you can stick to, and how best to do that.
While we all want to better ourselves and aim for the stars, setting simpler and more realistic goals are better. Achieving you goals does wonders for your mentality, and will allow you to continue and to reach your next goal. There is little point of saying “I want to run a marathon this year” if you’ve never run a 5k. Starting small with achievable goals that you can build and work to will make you feel better and more accomplished, and can give you a starting point for next year.
It has been proven that large, sweeping changes are harder to maintain. The best and most reliable way to have long lasting change it to introduce small changes over time. If you want to eat healthier, start by replacing snacks with healthier options. Exercise once or twice a week before building up more. If you want to change for the better, and for good, it is better to start small.
Small Steps for Big Goals
If keeping it simple isn’t your style, and you want to aim for the stars, breaking down your bigger goal into smaller steps, and allocating “deadlines” for those is a fantastic way of doing that. Having smaller goals that are part of one larger, overarching goal can keep you motivated and working all year! You get that buzz of accomplishment at every checkpoint, and you can keep yourself accountable and track your progress as you make it.
Limit Your Resolutions
Setting too many goals can overwhelm you, and cause fatigue trying to maintain so many changes. Keep your resolutions to a small, achievable and maintainable amount for the best results. Introducing small changes overtime will see the best results.
It can be so easy to let things be forgotten if you don’t hold yourself accountable. Telling someone what you plan to do, or writing it down can be a great way to keep yourself accountable and ensure you stick to your guns.
Don’t Do It Alone
Joining a running club, or any club or group with friends and family can be so helpful, as it offers support, shared experiences for you so you can talk, and grow as well as being a sort of built-in accountability. And when you are struggling and low on motivation your friends will be by your side, to support you, keep you company, and remind you of why you started.
Learn from Your Past
While the New Year is the time to look forward, a new start and to be optimistic, it is important to learn from your past. Have you had the same resolution for ten years in a row? Have you fallen short of it every year? There is no sense in making, and failing, the exact same resolution each year; learn from your past. Is it time for a new goal? Or, if you want to stick to this resolution, what caused you to drop it each year? What can you do to change your habits, mindset or actions to ensure you don’t repeat it next year? Learning from your past mistakes is the best way to ensure future success.
Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself
Any change can be hard to maintain. If you slip off, or if you give up completely, there is no shame. The fact that you tried is something in and of itself to be celebrated. We are forever on a journey of self-improvement, any step toward changing our habits or mindset is a step in the right direction. You can lower your expectations, set simpler goals, or simply say “that wasn’t for me.” And hey, there’s always next year.
Happy New Year, everyone. We hope January has been kind to you all, and we hope that the rest of the year is kind to you too.
Stay safe this 2021.