Pro Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 29, 2021

Now that some time has passed since New Year’s Eve, you might be reflecting on how successful you’ve been at sticking to your resolutions—or maybe how unsuccessful you’ve been. The good news is that 2021 is only getting started. You still have plenty of time to get back on track! Here are a few ways to do it.

  1. Take small, specific steps to meet a big goal. It’s okay to shoot for the stars when you make your resolution—like being able to run a marathon by December. But success hinges on your ability to create smaller short-term goals to help you reach the finish line. For instance, if you want to run a marathon by the end of the year, start by working your way up to a 5K by the end of February.
  2. Enlist an accountability buddy (or a whole crew). Even putting a specific plan in place might not be enough to motivate you on a daily basis. Do you know what will? Some good, old-fashioned peer pressure—but the positive kind. Share your New Year’s resolution with a friend who will check in with you regularly about your progress. It’s harder to slack when you know you’ll have to own up to it eventually. Or go big and share your goal for 2021 with your entire group of social media followers!
  3. Give yourself some grace. Sticking to a New Year’s resolution is difficult under normal circumstances, and the events of 2020 (and now early 2021) have been anything but normal. So if you have an off day or don’t meet one of your goals, don’t give up. Let yourself have a down day and try again tomorrow. Success will come if you stick with it!

Seven steps for making your New Year’s resolutions stick [Harvard Health]
10 Great Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions This Year [verywellmind]10 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution [Gaiam]

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