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5 Steps to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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For many people, January is synonymous with new beginnings. It can be a time to reflect over the year before and think about the positive changes you’d like to make for the year ahead. It’s often frustrating when you have a long list of New Year’s resolutions and every year they have failed by February, March or even mid-January! That’s why we have thought of a few simple tips to help you stick with your resolutions this year.

  1. Be realistic

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance you will keep them throughout the year. Consider your previous experience with resolutions. What led you to fail with them? It may be that you set yourself a goal to lose an unrealistic amount of weight, or are attempting to save a monetary amount that is too high for your current budget. If you set realistic targets, positive goals like these will soon become achievable.

  1. Tell your friends and family

Speak to your friends and family about your resolutions. You may find that others have the same goals as you and you can support each other. If you’re wanting to become more active, team up with a friend and go for a run or join a gym together. If you’d like to learn a new skill or hobby, doing so with a colleague will help hold you accountable. It’s much easier when you’re all in it together!

  1. Be specific

Make sure your resolutions are specific. For example, instead of saying you want to read more books, write down how many books you’d like to read a month. Keep a list of recommendations you’ve heard to check off and keep you motivated. The more specific your goal is, the better you can track your progress along the way.

  1. Reward yourself

Give yourself a small treat whenever you achieve a goal. This will help motivate you and stop yourself from giving up when things get tough. Reward-based learning is simple and very effective. Planning out rewards can eliminate over-indulgence and hindering your goal.

  1. Don’t give up

Everyone will slip up at some point, but don’t let this get you down. The best thing to do is to pick yourself back up and start again. Be proud of how far you’ve come, and don’t be so harsh on yourself.

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