by CNBNewsnet Staff
If you’re like millions of other people right now, you will have made one – perhaps more – New Year’s resolution. The thing is, if you’re like millions of other people right now, you’ll also abandon that resolution within the next few weeks. That’s because suddenly changing, trying something new, or stopping a bad habit is a hard thing to do. Here are some tips on how to stick to your resolutions for longer (maybe even forever!).
The reason that so many people choose January 1st to begin their new resolutions is that it symbolizes a fresh beginning, so it makes sense for them to start something new (or stop something old) at that point. However, if the timing doesn’t work for you due to your career, your home life, or your health, then don’t force it. You can still make a list of all the things you want to get done, you just don’t have to start them until you’re good and ready to do so. If you wait until the right time, you’ll be far more likely to stick with whatever it is you’ve chosen to do.
Going it alone is a tough thing to do when you’re shaking up your lifestyle and changing it for the better. The best thing you can do is to involve your entire family. If you’ve chosen to eat more healthily, for example, then everyone can do the same – it’s in their best interests anyway, and it makes things a lot easier for you when everyone is eating the same thing. You can even get your pets involved. For instance, if you have a dog then you can take them on your walks, on runs and even adapt their diet, too. By them healthy foods from brands such as Devoted Pet Foods, and watch as both you and your pooch lose weight. It’s much easier not to let your resolutions fall by the wayside if you’ve got other people helping you along.
Many people fail with keeping their New Year’s resolutions because they try to do too much at once. It’s difficult, it can feel overwhelming, and it means that it’s easier to give up and go back to whatever was happening before rather than continuing. It’s far better to choose a smaller, more realistic goal to begin with, and then, once you’ve reached that, move on to the next. So if you want to lose weight, don’t immediately start with the end target weight in mind, especially if that’s a lot, but try something easier like five pounds. Once you’ve reached that target, try 10 pounds. Keep going like this, and it makes your end goal much more achievable.
Make It Public
Telling people what your resolution is will also help you to keep it. Whether it’s to learn a new language, run a marathon, stop buying takeout, stop smoking, or any number of other things, if people around you are aware of what you’re doing, it will make you much more reluctant to give it up – those people will want updates and be interested in how it’s going. You’d much rather give them a success story than admit to not being able to keep to your New Year’s resolution. It’s a matter of pride and pride, in this case, can certainly be helpful.