How to Follow Through on a New Year’s Resolution

January 2, 2018

Whether you're resolving to exercise more, Netflix-binge less, or simply be a happier and more productive person in 2018, the journey might be more difficult than you expect. That's why you should go into your New Year's Resolution with realistic expectations and plenty of support. Here are three tips that should help you follow through on your resolutions in 2018.

  1. Publicly proclaim your goals (in specific terms). Accountability is one of the most powerful driving forces in getting you to hit the gym on a cold winter morning or turn down a happy hour in order to go cook a healthy meal. Let your family and friends in on your resolution, either one on one or via social media, so that you have more incentive to follow through. Also, make sure your goals are specific, i.e. going to the gym three times a week versus going to the gym "more." This will also help to ensure your success.
  2. Use the buddy system. If a declaration of your resolution still isn't quite enough to get you motivated, recruit a friend to help. It's much easier to get yourself to a spin class or out for a run in the morning when you have someone counting on you to show. A little friendly competition doesn't hurt, either.
  3. Enlist the help of an app. If you're working toward a health-related goal like losing weight or eating a few meat-free meals a week, you can also use an app to help you succeed. Try My Fitness Pal for fitness-oriented goals. You can track calories burned during a workout, add calories eaten from thousands of foods and recipes, and post your progress so that friends can follow along.​​

Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick [apa.org]
7 Secrets Of People Who Keep Their New Year's Resolutions [Forbes]
10 Tricks to Help You Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions [HuffPost]

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