With the new year right around the corner, many people are trying to come up with resolutions that they can realistically stick to. It can be hard to make a resolution that you can actually continue past the first couple weeks of the new year, but there are some simple ways you can stick to your new year’s resolutions in 2023. Here are some tips and tricks!
Creating vague goals and making very broad resolutions is one of the biggest reasons as to why they can be so hard to actually stick to. Intentions such as “work out more,” “eat healthier,” or “get more work done” are not specific enough and they can make the goal feel much loftier and, therefore, harder to achieve.
By making a very specific new year’s resolution, you can have some stricter guidelines to stick to and get to your end result more realistically. Here are some examples of new year’s resolutions to give you an idea of how specific to be:
These are just examples of some resolutions and goals that are more specific rather than just general. By creating goals with this kind of detail, you’ll be able to actually stick to your resolutions for 2023 and have clear goals in mind that you want to complete, rather than just having a vague idea that doesn’t end up going anywhere.
Many people use accountability partners when they’re working out and trying to hit certain exercise goals, or perhaps when they’re trying to quit a bad habit or addiction. New year’s resolutions can also be more successfully accomplished when you have someone else holding you accountable.
Try asking a friend or family member to help you stick to your goals in 2023; perhaps this is simply telling them about your resolution and having them ask you about it every week or so, or maybe it’s more involved and you ask them to keep you on a schedule and check in daily. This is also a great opportunity to return the favor and help a loved keep their new year’s resolution, too.
Making any major change to your life can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes, and it can be hard to see how it will be possible to accomplish certain goals. However, by breaking larger goals down into smaller steps, you can improve your chances of succeeding in keeping your resolutions.
For example, if your goal was simply to get more exercise, you could start by breaking it down into manageable tasks. First, you could resolve to go for a short walk every other morning. Second, you could turn that into a walk every morning. Third, you could make it a walk every other morning and a jog every other morning, and switch between the two. You can keep adding on things and building up to that larger goal, and before you know it, you’ve become a daily runner!
A lot of people fall into the trap of making several, big resolutions prior to the new year. It’s common to create whole lists of all the things you want to change about your life, but that’s just not realistic. It’s more than okay to just pick one resolution to stick to, and you’ll likely be much more successful if you narrow down your goals to one thing you really want to achieve.
There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple and specific; quality always comes before quantity, and new year’s resolutions are no different!
It’s also very easy to choose goals that you feel briefly passionate about or to make a huge resolution on a whim, but your new year’s resolution should be something that really matters to you and is healthy for you.
Don’t make a resolution that’s fueled by self-hate or guilt; for instance, if you’re feeling bad about your body image, don’t make a resolution to lose weight. Instead, think about the importance of being confident and healthy; perhaps make a goal for yourself to try new recipes, or to take a spin class every week, or to say positive affirmations to yourself every morning when you wake up and look in the mirror.
New year’s resolutions should come from a place of positivity rather than negativity, and it should be something that keeps your best interests in mind.
One of the biggest reasons that people fail to stick to their new year’s resolutions is that they simply forget about them after a little while. Rather than falling off the track after a few weeks, diligently record your progress.
By keeping track of how well you’re sticking to your goal, you can make sure you remember to keep up the good habit and continue it on for a long time. A great way to do this is by simply keeping a journal specifically for recording your progress; jot down just a sentence or so every day around the same time about how you’re working towards accomplishing your goal, and soon it will be a part of your daily life rather than an abstract dream.
It all comes down to dedication, passion, and few simple tricks for staying on course in order to stick to those 2023 resolutions. As the new year approaches, remember to take a deep breath and take care of yourself; create healthy goals that are achievable and allow you to dream big, because isn’t that what fresh starts are all about?
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