How to stick to your New Year’s resolution

New Years Resolutions List

It’s that time of year — the holiday season is behind us, and we’re trying to stick to all the promises we made before the ball dropped. If you’re already struggling with your New Year’s resolution, or want some advice to stay motivated, you’ve come to the right place.

Follow through on your New Year’s resolution

  1. Be realistic. For most of us, that means starting small. If you’re trying to clean up your diet, don’t eliminate the five things you eat most. Establish one rule at a time — no processed food in the house, for example. If you put too many resolutions on your plate, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Scale back and make it simple.
  2. Write your resolution down. When we write with pen and paper, our brain absorbs the information in a fascinating way. This simple act can imprint the resolution, making you more likely to follow through with it.
  3. Tell people. If you keep your resolution a secret, you have no support group. Also, the stakes are low if you decide to quit. By sharing your resolution, you’re allowing a network to hold you accountable and provide encouragement along the way.
  4. Reward yourself. What good is hard work without reward? Once you achieve a goal — say, saving your goal amount of money in a single month, or going a full week without cigarettes — allow yourself to indulge. That might look like an afternoon in the bathtub with your favourite novel, or a little bit of retail therapy. Whatever it is, do it consciously, knowing that it’s well-deserved.

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