6 Tools to Keep (or Restart) those New Year's Resolutions

It might seem like a weird time to think about new year’s resolutions. With spring in the air and summer around the corner, it’s as good a time as any to think about what you want to achieve this year along with considering patio decor and gardening ideas.

Of the many people who create resolutions, only 52% honestly feel that theirs is achievable--and of that, only 12% actually succeed (according to Huffpost). Turns out that, of those who actually keep their resolutions, there are some commonalities. Consider these factors when you revisit (restart?) your resolution:

1.  Visualize something specific

The biggest mistake you can make when setting a resolution, or goal of any type, is to make it vague. If this was your mistake, return to your goal but create a tangible result to go along with it. Want to save money? Set an amount. Want to be healthier? Choose a metric, like losing weight, lowering blood pressure, working out a certain number of times a week, etc.

Then, visualize what it’s going to be like when you achieve the goal. How will it feel? What will it look like? Use these visualizations to create a mantra for yourself to repeat until it’s true.

2. Make a plan

How are you going to achieve this goal? What kind of plan will best help you get there? If it’s something sequential, like learning a new skill that builds as you go, create a step-by-step guide to do it. Check out the store on your phone to see if there’s an app that might help you get there (for example, if your goal is to run a 5K or learn to knit, there are most definitely apps for that).

3. Designate time

Every. Single. Day. Ok, well, at least often enough to hit your goal. Whether this means setting aside time on a weekly basis, make time to achieve your goals.

4. Don’t get down

We’re all guilty of sabotaging ourselves at some point. Setbacks happen; but they’re only as damaging as you allow them to be. When you feel negativity setting in, remember your mantra and keep going.

5. Tell someone

Sharing your goal with someone--or even better, finding someone who shares your resolution--helps you stay accountable and vice versa. Whether this is professional help, like a personal trainer or life coach, or a friend or family member, choose someone who is supportive and positive. For many, this person needs to be able to combat the feelings that come up during tip #4.

6. Experience being present

Life is full of noise, and not just auditory. Social media notifications, channel surfing, bored-eating, *STRESS*, all of these things can affect your focus and wellbeing. Reaching goals and achieving resolutions isn’t about willpower, it’s the power of your intention. Take time every day to focus on your breath, and feel your stomach rise and fall. Think about your resolution.

 

The year isn’t even halfway over yet. There’s still plenty of time to get back on track with your resolution. By incorporating a few of these tactics, the likelihood of joining that 12% increases.