New Year’s resolutions are a tradition in which one resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired habit or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or improve their life in any shape or form. The beginning of the year seems like a natural time to make resolutions. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate. Motivation and inspiration are in the air and everyone feels more determined than ever to improve their overall quality of life. Making resolutions is fun, however, sticking to them is a whole other story. According to Forbes, less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. Don’t take part in these numbers. We want to see our patients succeed and be healthy and confident.
Here are some tips that can help you stick to your resolutions.
- Make your resolutions specific, the more specific the better. In order to stick to your goal, you have to be specific about it. How are you going to achieve this? What steps are you going to take to achieve it? By what date do you have to achieve it?
- Set an intention for your resolution. For example, if you want to lose weight this year, ask yourself why. Your intention will keep you motivated.
- Write down your resolutions. It’s a powerful process when your write down your resolutions on paper. Having them written down can allow you to read them over each morning to keep you motivated and inspired.
- Tell a friend about your resolutions. Letting a loved one know about your goals can help keep you accountable.
- Keep track of your progress. Seeing how much closer you are to reaching your goal will keep you motivated. Celebrate each win, big or small.