Tips on How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution on Track

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What is a New Year’s Resolution?

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr | TED

Why Resolutions are Important and How to Stay Motivated

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  • Grab a journal: A journal can give you the structure you need to write out your goals. Research shows that writing things down, whether in a journal or on paper, promotes a higher level of thinking. Not only does writing things out increase your focus, but it encourages daily progress. Consider buying a notebook to start writing out your goals or finding journal prompts to keep you steered in the right direction.
  • Start with small steps: Taking small steps toward a goal can help the process feel less jarring. When we try to go all-in too fast, it causes burnout. For example, if you decide you want to run a marathon, the next day you wouldn’t run 26.2 miles. You’d take time to start off with a jog one or two times a week. And slowly but surely, you would work your way up to longer runs because of the pace you’ve set for yourself. Get comfortable with taking tiny steps first before achieving the larger goal.
  • Create a mood board/dream board: Similar to creating a list or writing in your journal, making a mood board or dream board is an expressive or visionary way to keep track of your goals. Designing your own board can help you see the bigger picture and keep you not only excited about your goals, but consistent too.
  • Tell a friend: We often do better when we ask someone to hold us accountable. Doing the work doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. Ask your friend, accountability partner, or even your therapist if you can share your resolutions with them. When you’re falling off track, they can help remind you of why you started, how far you’ve come, and how far you can keep going. In return, ask them if they have any resolutions or goals they want to share or need help staying consistent in. Teamwork makes the dream work.
  • Make reminders in your phone: Technology is all around us and at our fingertips every single day. Sometimes it can be overwhelming thinking about all of the time we spend on our screens, whether it’s social media, emails, texting, phone calls, etc. But one helpful way to utilize your phone that might not make you feel as overwhelmed is your reminders. We remind ourselves to do things constantly for work and so much more, why not have encouraging and motivating reminders too? When you’re feeling down or having an off day, these reminders can support you in getting through the day and give you an extra push to keep going.

Being Gentle With Yourself While Goal Setting

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