We can hear the sounds of party preparations and countdown clocks and are brushing up on the lyrics for Auld Lang Syne. All of which means we’re fast approaching New Year’s Eve! Of course, a hallmark of the New Year holiday is setting resolutions for the coming year.
The optimism of a new year beginning makes it an ideal time to plan ahead. Although resolutions are filled with good intentions, accomplishing them can be trickier.
How can you make your resolutions for 2020 stick? We’ve got three tips to help make your New Year’s resolutions a reality!
Find the Reason
Just picking a New Year’s resolution isn’t likely to stick. Take some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year and how it’s going to benefit you in a direct way. This benefit can be a key motivator. We love these recommendations from Forbes to find something you really want to do and then work in a team. By collaborating with others, you’ll have a built-in support system!
Talk About It
Talking helps. The American Psychological Association has lots of experience studying people who’ve kept their New Year’s resolutions and one of the most common factors was verbalizing the resolution and sharing updates with others. This helps keep you motivated and accountable, so don’t just keep it to yourself. Also, tackle one resolution at a time and share your success so others can help provide positive reinforcement.
Humans love incentives, so use that to your favor. Don’t think of your New Year’s resolutions as something you have to do or a chore. Instead, look at them like milestones. When you hot those milestones, you’ll get a reward. LifeHack has great tips on how to use rewards as encouragement and how to evolve them over time. We also love their advice to anticipate problems and accept failure. We’re not perfect and that’s ok. Stick with it and you’ll see results!
As you prepare for the coming New Year’s celebrations, we hope that these tips are helpful. We believe it’s how you live that matters and identifying ways to improve your life is a key part of personal growth. We also believe that sharing those resolutions will keep us all motivated. So, we encourage you to share your resolutions with us on our Facebook page.
Happy New Year!