Stick to Your New Years Resolutions this Year

Every January 1st, motivation is on an all time high and a whole list of new years resolutions are made. By the time January is over, many of those resolutions have already failed. This year, try to change that cycle and actually make some realistic resolutions and stick to them! Here are 10 tips to sticking to your resolutions this year.

Make SMART goals, instead of lofty resolutions.  
SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. When you make smart goals they are more defined and have a specific purpose and time frame. The more detailed, the better!

Write your goals down on paper.  
Writing your goals down on paper makes them real, not just a thought floating around in your head. Place your goals somewhere that you will see them everyday (nightstand, mirror, wallpaper on your phone, etc). When you make them more visible your are constantly reminded of their importance and priority in your life.

Share you goals with others.
The more people you make aware of your goals, the more people who you will have to hold you accountable to achieving them. Share with family, friends and co-workers. The more you talk about them to others, the more likely you are to make strides to stick to them. Build a strong support system.

Sign up for that event now!  
If it’s a race you want to run, or a place you want to travel….sign up now, book that flight now, commit to it now instead of talking about wanting to do it.

Find a workout buddy.  
If your goal is getting back into a fitness routine, find a friend who is on the same page and who is committed to helping each other stay accountable to making it to the gym. You are less likely to flake on your workout if you know someone else is there waiting for you.

Start simple.  
Start with simple goals, and grow from there. Keep your intentions realistic. When you reach one aspect of your goal, build on it and keep growing.

Don’t get discouraged.
If you fall off plan for a few days, don’t completely throw your goals down the drain for the year. No one is perfect, we all slip up from time to time so don’t beat yourself up about it.  Recognize what triggered your slip up, and get right back on the wagon.

Chart your progress.  
Keeping a journal with your progress on your goals helps to keep you motivated and also is a great record to see how you have grown throughout the year.

Plan.  
A lot of goals fail, simple because of poor execution. The more you plan/chart out your time and intentions the more likely you are to stick to them. Put your obligations in your calendar, but don’t stress when unexpected things come up and things don’t go exactly as planned.

Celebrate your little victories!  
Give yourself credit and reward yourself when you hit your goals. Share your “little victories” with those around you. Feel good about each accomplishment whether it be big or small.

Make 2014 the year you stay committed to the things that are important to you!