It’s that time of year again where we all make a long list of how we are going to live differently and quit our bad habits for good. However, most of us end up failing on our New Year’s resolutions just a month (or less) after we make them.
This year, instead of setting yourself up for failure, consider changing the way you set your intentions for the New Year. Here are 4 tips on how to failproof your New Year’s resolutions so that when the next new year rolls around, you’ll have accomplished all that you’ve set out to do.
Keep it Simple
Start by making the list smaller. When you have a huge list of things you want to accomplish, you are vulnerable to failure because you spread out your energy and attention across too many platforms. Instead of listing the 20 things you want to accomplish or habits you’re trying to stop, cut down your list to a more manageable 5 (you can add more as you accomplish your top 5!)
Check in with the reality of each resolution. For example, if you are weighing in at 350 lbs and your resolution is to drop down to your high school weight of 105 lbs this year, you may be out of touch with the reality of the situation. Dropping 200 lbs in a year is not very reasonable for the average person and it will require such a tremendous life change that you will likely reject even the idea of it once you have to implement the tactics to lose it. Make sure each resolution is based in reality, done safely and wisely, and is humanly possible without having to sew your mouth shut for a year.
Make sure you have a well thought out game plan for each resolution before the New Year starts. If your resolution is to eat healthier, then make sure you are connected to resources that will help you do that. Hire a nutritionist, subscribe to healthy eating magazines, read related websites and make a list of healthy restaurants and recipes that can help you meet your goal. Eliminate the unhealthy food that is currently tempting you in your cupboards and refrigerator just waiting for a weak moment. Set yourself up for success in as many areas as possible!
Shout your resolutions from the rooftops! Tell everyone you interact with (family, friends, social media, co-workers) that you are intending to accomplish these specific goals. These people can help you carry out your goals and keep you accountable. Get an exercise buddy; vow to eat at healthier restaurants with friends or set up a quarter jar in the house so your family can remind you that each time you swear you owe the jar a quarter. You are more likely to achieve your resolutions if you have to answer to a slew of people if you fail them.
Realize that if New Year’s resolutions were easy, we would have already been living that way in the first place. Making our lives healthier and happier is going to take time, patience, and discipline. Let’s make 2017 our best year, folks!