This post was originally posted 12/29/2017
We can’t all be perfect. Change is often hard to enact. More often than not, our attempts at New Year’s resolutions seem to fail. Here are a few tips to hopefully help your New Year’s resolutions stick and remember; resolutions for change don’t have to be limited to New Year’s. It’s possible to start making positive change anytime you are ready to start.
- Keep Track of Your Progress:
Sometimes the easiest way to develop a habit is to track it. If you want to affect a diet change, keep a calorie journal or use a fitness app like MyFitnessPal or many others. If you want to exercise more, keep a journal of your weight, reps, distance, or time. Journaling helps you see how far you have come and help you plan your next goal.
- Get an Accountability Buddy
Having a friend to help keep you honest never hurts. It can even serve as a source of competition and comradery to help spur you on when you are not necessarily at your best.
- Start on Small Specific Goals and Work Toward Bigger Ones
As Benjamin Franklin said in Poor Richards Almanac, “little strokes fell great oaks.” If you start with a small goal that is easier to achieve, you can work your way up to your true goal over time.
- Don’t be Afraid to Fail
If you do fail, it’s okay. I remember an old family saying, “if you fall flat on your face at least you’re going the right direction, forward.” Failure is just a part of life. It can hurt and it can be discouraging, but never be afraid to pick yourself back up and try again.
I hope that these tips will help you achieve better success with your New Year’s resolutions. If you want to know more about changing your habits, check out some of these fine selections from our library;
Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: a Concise Guide to Strategies for Change by Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D.
Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg*
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath*
*Also available in eBook format
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