Four Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Far into 2018

It’s January 8th. Eight days into the new year and it’s possible you’ve already broken a resolution, or two.  At the end of each year, over 40 percent of Americans set their New Year’s Resolutions, according to this Forbes article.

However, that same article states that only 8 percent of Americans actually keep their resolutions throughout the entire year. Even though most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the first week of February, the good thing to know is that this process can change. By making simple changes in your mindset and the way you set your goals for the New Year, you can maintain resolutions and see a change that will last the entire year and more.

Many people have an idea in their minds about what they would like to change over the next year but often times, this idea is too generic and lacks enough detail to be executed thoroughly. Take for example the common goal of losing weight. Just stating that you want to lose weight is not enough. Even stating the amount of weight you want to lose is not enough. You have to get detailed and plan out how you’re actually going to lose the weight. Pinpoint what triggers your weight gain and work to demolish those areas. If food is a large factor, decide which foods you need to eat less of to lose weight. If you need to workout more, write out exactly how many times a week you’re going to workout and decide which exercises you will do during that time. Making a detailed plan decreases confusion when it’s time to get to work and motivates you to get started on improving yourself.

Having someone check up on your progress keeps you on track to achieving your goals. Knowing that a friend will call weekly to see how you’re doing will help to motivate you to stick to your goals. Get a buddy to hold you accountable that is dedicated to seeing you grow and truly wants to help you during your process but be open to nosiness!