How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s Day is filled with a number of traditions for many of us. Perhaps it’s watching the Rose Bowl Parade or college football. It could be gathering with friends and family. Another common New Year’s tradition is setting resolutions.  

Yes, those often-dreaded resolutions. Many of us feel compelled to set resolutions but typically fall short or give up. How can we keep our resolutions in 2020?

We’ve got you covered with three tips to help you set and keep your resolutions next year:

Start Small

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.

Plan Rewards

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!

Use What You’ve Got

Don’t forget to take stock in what tools and resources you have access too. Instead of expending energy to get something new, you can use what’s available to you. For example, if working out more consistently is a goal, you don’t have to join a gym, which can be pricey and might require you having to significantly alter your schedule. Rather, make a commitment to yourself to use the fitness center. Our community has two Fitness Centers! Start by visiting one (or both) of them a few times a week and walking around the community when the weather is nicer. You’re likely to find that you already have a lot of tools at your disposal. 

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. So, we encourage you to share your resolutions with us on our Facebook page.

Happy New Year!

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