Each new year brings a fresh opportunity to start anew. It is that time of the year when you can reflect on the past year’s mistakes and misgivings and present yourself with enthusiasm to make healthier and more positive changes.
But how do you make your resolutions and achieve them? Whether you want to eat healthier, quit smoking, or lose weight, making your New Year’s resolutions will give you the drive and motivation to become better. But alas, most people give up on their resolutions within weeks of making them, rendering those plans to change useless.
If you’ve recently noticed that your goals have fallen by the wayside and you’re looking for some guidance on how to stick with your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve found the right place. Let’s explore three tips on making sure you achieve your new goals for the year.
Break Down Your Plans
Creating a big goal can seem overwhelming, and thinking about losing 15 pounds in one month can be daunting. Break down your resolutions into small goals that are more realistic and don’t seem so challenging to achieve.
By being more specific and detailed about your goals, you can praise yourself for all the small goals you’ve achieved. Instead of making a goal to lose weight in one month, break it down to exercising for 20 minutes a day, not eating after 6 pm, or adding more vegetables to your lunch. Eventually, you will be motivated to reach your big goals.
Create a Buddy System
There’s a widespread belief that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you tell someone about your plans. This belief will hold you accountable and provide you with a support system to help you achieve your goals. Either way, having a buddy system can help you become responsible for reaching your achievements.
A buddy system is when a trusted friend or family member agrees to hold you accountable for your desired goals. If you slip or begin veering away from your goals, your buddy can help call you out, remind you, or motivate you to keep going.
Clean Your Home
Cleaning your home in the New Year can act as a ritual to get rid of the old and welcome the new. Getting rid of clutter, throwing away old furniture or objects you no longer need, and creating space for new things in your home is an act of welcoming new beginnings. And don’t stop after the first few days of the New Year.
Make cleaning your home a habit all year to keep your mind clear and focus on your goals. A cluttered home can result in a cluttered mind, while an organized and clean home can help you focus and concentrate on your New Year’s goals.
When life gets in the way, making positive changes in your life can take the backseat as you return to your old routines. New Year’s resolutions usually fail because goals and plans can be overwhelming to achieve. But if you break down your goals into smaller steps, get a support system, and get rid of clutter, you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions.