Most people have made and then broken New Year’s resolutions at least once in their lives. (Come on, we’re all guilty here.) Let’s put an end to making well-meaning resolutions and then failing at them – this year.
Nope this isn’t an empty promise. We’re running down a concrete, actionable guide to Doing Life Right with New Year’s Resolutions that work.
A healthier you and a more fulfilling year ahead is within your reach if you commit to improving your self-care practices in the new year. To get you started, here are 10 suggestions:
1. Make a Roadmap
Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to make a resolution. Your attitude on any given day will determine the outcome if you put things off until the last minute. Planning should begin far before December 31st.
2. Accept Your Limits
Setting an impossible target is a surefire way to not meet it. For example, you’re inviting failure into your life if you swear off your favorite meal forever (Why would you???). A more reasonable goal would be to avoid it, indulging less often than you do now.
3. List the Pros and Cons
Don’t ever lose sight of your why or why not. Keeping your motivation high may be as simple as writing down all your reasons for your 2024 resolution. Gather more items to add to this list as time goes on. In times when you feel like you’re losing your will to continue, pull out your list and read it again.
4. Sketch Up Your Strategy
Plan for when you feel the itch to cheat and miss workout or eat that piece of cake. Some examples of this strategy include reaching out to a trusted friend for support, training yourself to think positively, and constantly reminding yourself of the impact your “bad behavior” will have on your objective.
5. Don’t Keep it a Secret
Share your resolution with the world. If you’re dead serious about making positive changes in your life or enhancing your health, reach out to those who will be there to cheer you on. Finding a friend who is also committed to making a change in the new year and supporting each other along the way is the ideal situation.
6. Indulge in Me-Time
Just because you’ve made a goal to eat healthier doesn’t give you carte blanche to devour a whole box of chocolates. Do something fun that doesn’t go against your goal to celebrate your success instead. Get new workout clothes or treat yourself to a movie night out with a friend if you’ve been good at keeping to your diet resolution.
7. Keep Tabs on Your Development
Document every minor triumph. Setting and achieving short-term goals is more manageable, and you’ll stay motivated with each minor victory. Get the first five pounds off your body instead of trying to lose 30. To keep yourself motivated, keep a meal diary and give yourself a gift for every five pounds you lose.
8. Be easy on yourself.
You won’t get far if you fixate on the smallest slip-up. Take it easy and try your best every day.
9. Stay Committed
Don’t give up on the grind! If you want to incorporate something new into your personality, it takes around six months and around 21 days for it to become a habit. Stay patient and don’t give up; it will take time.
10. Do Your Best
Lastly – DO YOUR BEST. Don’t give up hope if slip off a few months in. Turn the page! Focus on getting back for one day, and then another, and another. You will be back on track in no time. You got this!
What’s your New Year Resolution? Let’s hear it in the comments!
It’s time to Do Life Right