First things first, if you haven’t read our guide on setting goals, start there. Trust us, if you’re not setting “good” goals in the first place, it’s highly unlikely you’ll actually keep your resolutions all throughout the year.
Did you read it?
Okay great! If you’re hoping to have a successful and fulfilling 2019, let’s chat about how you can help ensure you stick with your goals.
Try out some of these tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions:
1) Measure your progress
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One of the best tips that we can provide to help you keep your goals for 2019 is to measure your progress.
The main reason for why so many people fall off with their goals is because they set such high standards for themselves, and when they don’t see those results come to life right away, they let their goals slide.
Don’t let this be you.
In order to stick with your goals, write down all your little achievements.
For example, if you’re hoping to become healthier in the new year, rather than telling yourself you’re going to lose 20 pounds right off the bat, set small health-related goals for yourself, and then check them off when you reach them.
The act of checking things off might seem small, but that small little act is going to build momentum, and motivate you to keep working on your goals.
Not to mention, you’ll definitely get a sense of satisfaction when you visually see that you’re making progress with such an important goal.
2) Reward yourself
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Sure, checkmarks are great, but as mentioned in our goal setting post, we also highly encourage rewarding yourself for making progress on your goals.
To expand, we’d recommend rewarding yourself every 3 months for each goal that you’ve made progress on. You don’t have to fully achieve the goal, but you should be able to specifically identify where you’ve made progress.
In addition, we’d recommend setting the reward ahead of time, so you know exactly what you’re working towards.
Not only will you know there’s a reward at the end be helpful for pushing you forward, it’s also great for morale.
You deserve a treat for all your hard work.
3) Plan ahead/keep an agenda
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Again, it’s easy enough to let your goals slide when you’re not being intentional about them, which is why planning out your goals is so important.
This can mean knowing what milestones you want to hit each month so you’re not trying to do too much all at once, but it can also mean simply keeping an agenda and planning out certain activities that will help you reach your goals on a daily basis.
Again, using our health example, if you want to be healthier in the new year, keep an agenda and schedule in when you’re going to make time for exercise. You can also use an agenda to write out meals that you plan on having throughout the week.
However, you plan best, having some type of planner that allows you to write down and visually see how your goals will work into your day-to-day life is extremely helpful for keeping you accountable.
4) Allow for setbacks
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No doubt about it, humans are tough on themselves. There’s a difference between pushing through hard times, and just making yourself miserable.
Rather than giving yourself a hard time for falling off the wagon on your goals, accept the setback and move on. The worst thing you can do is give yourself a hard time because if you’re like most people, there’s a good chance you’ll end up in a tailspin of thinking you’ll never be able to stick with your goals.
It might seem like a good idea to quit while you’re ahead, but trust us, when December 31, 2019 rolls around, you’re not going to feel so wonderful about quitting on your goals.
Stick with them, and know that setbacks will occur. Just be strong enough to get up when they do. Plain and simple.
5) Be patient and focus on your progress
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To tie everything together here: patience is key when it comes to sticking with your goals.
You have to go into goal setting knowing that not everything can happen all at once. If you make this fatal mistake of wanting too much too fast, you will burn out and you’ll never see your goals come to fruition.
Instead, intentionally plan out your goals, track your progress, use a planner, and don/t forget to reward yourself when you make progress along the way.
When we actively make these little changes throughout the year, it makes a huge difference in the probability of keeping our goals and resolutions.
Give it a try, and be sure to let us know all about your progress on your New Year’s resolutions.