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How To Make New Years Resolutions You Can Actually KEEP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re all to familiar with how it goes- late December rolls around, the holidays are over, we’ve gained about 5lbs with all the drinking cookies and parties we’ve been to and then it sinks in- NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TIME. So what’s it going to be this year? Vow to lose the same 5-10 lbs again (like last year), tell yourself that you are going to make more money, read more books, spend more intentional time with family, find the love of your life, get serious about getting organized…

Take your pick…

 

 

According to GOSkills.com here are the top 10 resolutions for 2019:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

Any of these sound familiar?? (It’s like the ghost of NYE past)

I want to give you some ACTIONABLE tips and steps on how to make your 2019 resolutions stick!

  1. Pick SMART Resolutions (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely) So instead of saying “I want to loose weight” Try this: “I want to lose 10 lbs in 2months by working out 5X/ week, dialing in my nutrition, keeping myself accountable to eat healthy and understanding the importance of why living a lifestyle is important for me to stay healthy for a very long time to be a good example to my family and those around me.” You are getting specific in HOW you are going to achieve this goal, you are deciding on a measurable timeline of 10 lbs in 2 months, you are telling yourself how you are going to achieve this goal, why it is relevant that you want this goal and in what time you will accomplish it. You can do this with anything from losing weight, to making or saving more money- any goal you set should be a S.M.A.R.T goal!
  2. Start small: Start by making one small change or step a day. Rome wasn’t build in a day and you will become totally overwhelmed if you try and make DRASTIC changes all at once. Ease in to the changes and commit to making once small change a day/ week or month based on the resolution/ goal.
  3. Get an accountability partner: By making your goals known and PUBLIC to others you have others to hold you to this resolution. It is easier to let ourselves down than it is to let others down. So set a goal and grab a buddy to partner to help keep them on track too. The more people cheering you on and holding you accountable the more likely you are to stick to your resolution.
  4. Set small rewards for yourself. Looking to lose weight? Tell yourself every 5lbs you lose you get a new workout shirt or pair of shoes. Looking to get organized- buy yourself a new planner. How about looking to save money- try connecting with people that are in super fun places that don’t cost a thing like: beaches, parks, libraries, etc.
  5. Break down your larger goals into smaller bite-sized goals: “How do you eat an elephant- one bite at a time” Same goes for goals- once you can break your goals down into smaller more bite sized pieces it will seem much more achievable. Think about a large goal (say a 3 month/ 90 day goal) Take that goal and break it down in to 1 month increments. Then break it down even further into 4 week increments. Once you do that then take the week- day by day. You will put smaller actionable sized tasks into place each day to accomplish that BIG GOAL!
  6. Write out your goals every day- twice a day. Write out your goals once in the morning and once at night. This will help keep your mind and actions focused on your goals and what you want to accomplish.
  7. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Do not let yourself down. We all may experience set backs from time to time- but remember that you are stronger, greater and more committed than that. Remind yourself WHY you want this goal. Why will it make your life better? What will you be able to do or accomplish once this goal is met? Are you setting an example? Who is watching you? Remember that you wanted this goal for a reason and do not let anything stop you (including yourself) from getting what you want. You may experience a setback but get right back on the horse and remember that tomorrow is a new day and you can start fresh at whatever moment you want!

Are you going to set systems in place to actually accomplish these goals this year? Share this with a friend who you can have as your accountability partner or with someone who isn’t so great at sticking to their NY resolutions. 

I would love to hear from you! What are your New Years Resolutions this year? Comment below or message me on IG!

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