As 2019 comes to a close and we all look forward to the new year, we’re filled with optimism and possibility. It also time for those annual New Year’s resolutions.
Have you set resolutions in the past and not been able to follow through? Yeah, us too!
How can we set and stick to resolutions? We’ve consulted the experts and have a few helpful tips for making and keeping your New Year’s resolutions in 2020.
We all get energized at the beginning of the year and are motivated to make a number of positive changes. The American Psychological Association actually recommends that you harness that energy into small resolutions that you’re confident you can keep. Build up some wins for yourself to bolster your confidence. We love the example of replacing dessert with a healthier sweet option, like fruit, instead of seeing a diet as a form of neglect or punishment.
Find the Reason
Just picking a New Year’s resolution isn’t likely to stick. Take some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year and how it’s going to benefit you in a direct way. This benefit can be a key motivator. We love these recommendations from Forbes to find something you really want to do and then work in a team. By collaborating with others, you’ll have a built-in support system!
Humans love incentives, so use that to your favor. Don’t think of your New Year’s resolutions as something you have to do or a chore. Instead, look at them like milestones. When you hot those milestones, you’ll get a reward. LifeHack has great tips on how to use rewards as encouragement and how to evolve them over time. We also love their advice to anticipate problems and accept failure. We’re not perfect and that’s ok. Stick with it and you’ll see results!
As you prepare for the coming New Year’s celebrations, we hope that these tips are helpful. We believe it’s how you live that matters and identifying ways to improve your life is a key part of personal growth. We also believe that sharing those resolutions will keep us all motivated.
Happy New Year!