Every year, you strive to make it a better year than the one before.
Now that 2015 has settled in a little bit, your New Year’s resolutions might be on the top of your to-do list. Or, on the other hand, your resolutions may be on a express train to nowhere. While we make resolutions with the best intentions, the part where most people fail is actually getting started.
If your resolutions are going no where, you’re not alone. Many people make resolutions but never follow through on them. Don’t become one of those people. Here are 5 tips to help you salvage your resolutions:
Revise your resolutions as needed
Your resolutions are not written in stone. You change and your priorities change, which means your goals can change too. Don’t just give up on a resolution because you no longer are passionate about it. You can revise and rework your resolutions as needed to fit in line with what your longer term goals are. Just be sure you aren’t doing it to be easier on yourself or to avoid something all together.
Create monthly goals & checkpoints
When you create a huge lofty goal for yourself, you can get caught up in the big picture. This makes it hard for yourself to see your progress or celebrate your small wins. When that happens, you feel unmotivated or like you haven’t accomplished much. Instead of thinking about the big picture, create monthly checkpoints for yourself and evaluate your progress at each checkpoint. This will not only help you see how much you’ve accomplished but also help you reassess and refocus if necessary.
Strive to create habits
When you are thinking about your resolutions, strive to create habits. For instance, instead of trying to lose 5 pounds, make it your goal to go to the gym 3 times a week. Habits are long term and once you get into the groove of things, it’ll be hard to break. When you try to just reach a goal or complete a challenge, you can fall back into your old ways easily. Don’t let that happen.
Take small steps
A year is a very long time. We’re not even a month in yet. If you haven’t made much progress on your new year’s resolutions, don’t feel dejected. You still have a lot of time to work towards it. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint.