With a new year upon us, it is time to make our yearly resolutions and promise ourselves that we won’t break them. According to US News, more than 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail, and we don’t want to be failures, do we? We make our resolutions with such good intentions, of changing our lives and making this year even better than the past. Here are three things to keep in mind when making your resolutions that will help you keep them the whole year.
1) Make Realistic Resolutions
Part of the reason that 80% of resolutions fail are because they are impossible. You’re probably not going to lose 50 pounds this year. After a month of not losing anything, you’re going to get discouraged. It’s probably not realistic, as a teenager or young adult, to completely give up social media. If you really want to keep your resolutions this year, make them realistic. Set lower goals, goals that are more attainable, and then go above and beyond.
Don’t make resolutions that you know you won’t keep. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you know that keeping a resolution is going to be impossible or nearly so, consider altering it. Don’t make your resolutions too easy, but don’t set yourself up for failure. You won’t be happy in the end. No one likes to fail.
Some examples of realistic resolutions include:
-Read the entire Bible
-Lose 5-10 pounds
-Drink more water
-See more live theater
2) Change Your Environment
Sometimes, the biggest thing holding you back from keeping your resolutions is the world around you. You won’t be able to keep to your diet resolution if your cabinets are full of junk food. Change your environment in a way that will make it easier for you to keep your New Year’s resolutions. This doesn’t mean you need to move houses, towns, or kick your roommate out. There are subtle things you can do to change your environment and make your resolutions much more achievable.
Here are a few ways to change your environment to make your resolutions stick
-Throw out the junk food.
-Get a new water bottle you’ll love to use.
-Set up FB alerts for theater shows near you.
-Set your tennis shoes by the door to remind you.
3) Tell People About It
I’ve discovered in my years of making New Year’s Resolutions that the best way to hold myself accountable is to tell other people. If I decide to give up soda for the year, I tell the people I eat meals with most often. They can chastise me if they see me filling up my glass with root beer. If I’m reading the entire Bible in a year, I tell my family so they can ask me about what book I’m in throughout the year. If I’m trying to see more live theater, I tell my theater friends so they can invite me to their shows and guilt me into committing to attend. The people around you are your greatest allies, and they will hold you accountable if you let them.
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