We are more than half way through the month of February. If you made a New Year’s resolution for 2020, now is a great time to do an assessment of your progress! Many people (about 1/3) who make New Year’s resolutions give up on them by the end of January. If you feel like you are failing with your resolution, don’t throw in the towel just yet! If you want to be successful, you can’t just leave it to chance. You need a strategy! Below are some tips for actually achieving your resolutions this year.
- Write it down on paper. It has been proven in studies that the process of writing down goals, by hand, will make you more likely to achieve them–up to 42% more likely!
- Create a vision board. A vision board is a collection of words and images that represent what you would like to achieve. Gather them and put them into a collage. Then place your vision board where you will see it every day for inspiration!
- Make your goals incremental. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your goal, or if you are procrastinating because it’s still early in the year, try setting incremental goals. For example, if your goal is to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year, that can seem like a daunting task. Focus instead on losing 5 lbs a month, or 1 lb per week.
- Find an accountability partner. Sharing your resolutions with someone and then checking in on a regular basis is another great way to stay motivated. You can even start a group to meet up once a month, or create a private Facebook group so members can post their progress and encourage others.
- Keep a resolutions journal to track your progress. Write about your successes and struggles. Write about why you are working toward your goal. Refer to your journal entries when you are feeling uninspired and unmotivated.
- Don’t give up! Keep in mind that a slip-up is inevitable at some point throughout the year. Don’t let this be an excuse to give up on your goal. Do not become critical of yourself. Think about your past achievements and get right back on track!