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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Did you know almost 43 percent of those who make New Year's Resolutions never succeed and fail on their resolution each year? Break away from the statistics and learn how to keep your New Year's resolution!

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Make It Personal

Remember, this is your goal... One of most assuring ways to keep your New Year's resolution is by creating it based on what you want for yourself, along with committing to it on your own terms. Truly recognize what you personally want while appreciating the reasoning behind it. Ultimately, the best New Year's resolution is not "one-size-fits-all," but rather based on goals you personally want to and will achieve.

Confide in Others

While the resolution should be based on personal goals, confiding in others and gaining a strong support system can synergize your success. So whether with close friends and family or a buddy with similar goals, do not hesitate to ask for assistance, words of advice, or simply a listening ear when needed. If your resolution is weight-based, study after study has shown that higher success rates for weight loss are due to the fact that subjects had a steady support system. After all, what better way to lose weight than by doing it with a close friend by your side?

Think More Short-Term

When it comes to issues like weight loss, most of us plan for the long-term. "In a month, I want to drop 30 pounds; next year, I want to be half my size." Although long-term goals are important when it comes to weight loss, short-term thinking can give you greater benefits by lessening the risk of feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. Instead of thinking a year in advance, tell yourself you will make every effort to go to the gym on a weekly basis. Once you start out in a "slower-paced" mindset, you will more than likely have more success in the short-term with your weight loss goals, and this will lead to a weekly habit that will help you maintain your routine for the long haul. So if you are just starting out in your exercise, shoot for more realistic standards... Like, let's say, three days a week over the full week.

Track Self-Progress

Individuals who track progress may endure the most success, and doing so can be as simple as journaling in a diary or snapping pictures throughout the journey. Tracking personal growth and seeing improvement allows individuals to stay dedicated and motivated during the entire process.

Reevaluate as Needed

If progress is halted, minimal, or subpar to your standards, reevaluate and manipulate your interventions. There is really no cookie cutter template to reaching goals and they can me modified as you go, especially as if unforeseen situations arise and try to tarnish efforts. Life is unexpected, and some of us may run out of time to go to the gym or may not have enough time to do some "healthy" grocery shopping. So if you do not have time to work out, do a portion of your routine, and pick up the rest at a later time during the day. If your family wants an evening out at dinner, rather than staying at home, educate yourself to make the best choices when you are presented with things of such nature.

Practice Coping Strategies

In a perfect world, plans would never fail and goals would never fall short. But that is not case, as plans can fall through and goals may not be achieved in the fashion you intended them to. Instead of dwelling on mishaps and completely throwing in the towel, implement coping strategies, wipe off your hands, and move on that much stronger.

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Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on October 26, 2017.


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