As you probably know, making New Year’s resolutions is easy. You close your eyes and dream of a better you and it seems so real, so possible. Then comes the hard part. Here are a few tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Find Your People
Whether it’s just a friend or a group you found on meetup.com, the support of others can make all the difference in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. For instance, if you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, find a gym buddy! It’s someone to understand your pain and share in your triumphs.
Know Your Triggers
Everyone is different, even when they are pursuing the same goals. That’s why it’s important to know triggers that are unique to you. These are environmental factors that encourage you to backslide. Say you have made a resolution to quit smoking. If drinking alcohol is a trigger, perhaps you need to lay off the booze until you’ve overcome your nicotine cravings.
Accept Your Imperfection
The fact of the matter is that you will likely trip on your way to keeping your resolutions. It gets a lot easier once you accept this fact. The danger of maintaining impossible standards is that an occasional indulgence or misstep can become an excuse to give up altogether. Stay in touch with the bigger picture.