Now that January is drawing to an end, you’ve got the chance to assess how your New Year’s Resolutions are panning out. Maybe you’ve done an excellent job so far, and you’re hoping to keep up that momentum till the year is done. Or, perhaps you’ve fallen off the bandwagon and are wondering if there’s still time to save your resolutions. The good news is that you can still solidify your commitments to improving your health, wealth, or whatever else you’re looking to achieve. And even if you’ve done a great job so far, remember that it takes 21 days at minimum to form a new habit. For some, it can take as long as 66. This means you’re not done quite yet!
Do Your Resolutions Pass This Test?
Before discussing how to keep your resolutions, it’s a good idea to see if they pass this basic test. More than anything, resolutions need to be tied to a value. For example, say your resolution is to lose 10 pounds. That’s good because it’s a concrete goal. But, let’s say you start a workout program that includes both strength and cardio conditioning. You may only end up losing five pounds in the end, but it’s because some of that weight was converted to muscle. In a black-and-white examination, you didn’t achieve your goal. But if you look at the real value behind the resolution, improved health, you did in fact achieve it.
In short, it’s good to have goals that are specific. Just don’t let yourself lose sight of your values. That’s the real reason you set the goal in the first place.
Ways To Make Resolutions Stick
Now that you’ve confirmed that your resolutions are on the right track, it’s time to make sure that they stick. One of the best ways to form a new, healthy habit is by practicing it a little bit every day. On some days, you may have more free time to dedicate toward your goal, while others you might not have as much.
An example of staying consistent can be seen with a fitness goal. If you can’t make it to the gym one day, whether because of time constraints or sickness, you can still make progress toward your goal. Maybe it’s by still logging your calories for the day. Or perhaps it’s by watching a few fitness videos online to learn new workout techniques, get inspired, and keep your mind focused on your goal. Try not to let a day go by where you don’t put any energy into your goal. You’ve worked hard to build up a positive momentum, and you don’t want to derail it with a negative one.
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