Keeping up with your News Year’s Resolutions

It can be daunting when your list of New Years Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping lists. In addition to the post holiday slump, not being able to keep up with your resolutions for more than a week can cause much anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.

However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance you will achieve them. Here are some simple ways to stay on top of your Resolutions: Create a goal that is meaningful to you. Instead of setting a resolution, set an intention that truly motivates you. No matter what the reason, coming back to your original motivational factor will be helpful.

Develop a plan:  If developing a strategy makes you want to halt in your tracks, then break it down to just one step. What’s one thing that you can do immediately to help you get you closer to your goal?

Have a partner who will support you through this. Many successful people in this world did not reach their goals in isolation. Find people with similar interests. Surround yourself with people you admire and who possess the qualities you strive to possess. We often become like those we hang out with, so if you’re striving to be more positive, surround yourself with positive people. It’s okay to let go of relationships that you feel bring you down. It feels so refreshing to be with people who uplift you rather than drain your energy and spirit.

Be more patient with yourself! Remember that often change does not happen overnight. Your small, daily actions will bring about big changes. Consistency will be key. Momentum creates momentum, and before you know it, you’ll realize that your small steps have had a snowball effect and have manifested big results. And remember to reward yourself for the smaller victories along the way!