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3 Ways to Get Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

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on April 4, 2019

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on April 4, 2019

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Have you already fallen off track from your New Year’s Resolutions? You’re not alone. 

It’s easy to commit to resolutions in the beginning, right? We get off to a good start, and then our motivation slowly fades, or life gets busy and we fall back on old routines. And everyone else is the same way. According to Statista, only four percent of people in the United States stuck to all of their resolutions in 2018.1 

But all hope isn’t lost. It isn’t too late to resurrect your resolutions and get them back on track. Here are some ways to help get you re-motivated:  

 

1. Change Them to Micro-Goals 

One reason why many people give up on their resolutions is because they make their goals too big, like lose 50 pounds, or work out every day, or stop smoking. Sure, that’s a great overall goal, but it can be intimidating. So, instead of some large, overarching goal, break it up into baby steps. That might mean you work out twice a week at first and work your way up. Or that means you strive to lose five pounds a month. That can make your resolutions not as scary or huge, and creates reasonable micro-goals.  

One reason why many people give up on their resolutions is because they make their goals too big, like lose 50 pounds, or work out every day, or stop smoking.

Then, once you hit your micro-goal, create another micro-goal, and keep going. You can also break these up into 90-day sprints that all go back to your overall year-resolution. Whatever you choose to do, the key is to break it down into something that’s easier to achieve.  

 

2. Have Someone Keep you Accountable 

Our goals are better accomplished together. This makes me think of the old African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Here’s the truth: Your motivation will probably fail at some point. You will want to give up and go back to how things were before. This is when having someone help keep you accountable and on track can help. So, when your motivation runs out, when you want to quit your resolutions, you have someone that cheers you on and encourages you to keep going. Choose someone you know can tell you the honest truth and is a good encourager (and someone you see often), and that can make a real difference in your goals.  

 

3. Turn it Into a Habit 

The best goals become habits. Think about it: if your resolution is to work out more, and your micro-goals are ramping you up to working out every day, then over time, working out and going to the gym should become a habit. It should become engrained in your day-to-day routine. That’s the easiest way to accomplish something over a period of time: by doing the same thing every day.  

How long does that take? Well, the research varies, but most agree that it can take up to 66 days of repetition to become a habit. If you want to get even more scheduled with it, there are also habit-tracking apps you can use to help keep you on target and track your day-to-day progress. So, put your resolutions into practice a little bit each day, and they can turn into habits. 

Put your resolutions into practice a little bit each day, and they can turn into habits. 

Resolutions are hard. They require resolve, determination, and a little bit of help to keep them going all year long. But you can do it. You can be a part of the four percent that stick to their resolutions and finish strong. Take some time to map out your micro-goals, find someone to keep you accountable, and make it a habit. If you do that, you’re back on track to making your resolutions a success.   

 

Source:

1. Statista. “How many of the New Year’s resolutions that you made for 2018 did you stick to?” Web. 2018. https://www.statista.com/statistics/953562/share-of-americans-who-stuck-to-their-new-year-s-resolutions/  

 

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