Every New Year’s we sing Auld Lang Syne, watch fireworks, and then set our New Year’s resolutions. In the moment, we feel like the entire world is at our feet and there are endless possibilities. It’s a wonderful feeling that too quickly wears off when we wake up the next morning with a hangover and the realization that nothing has much changed—we’ll still be going to work come Monday. We’re here to tell you that 2016 doesn’t have to be like every other year. You can set and keep your New Year’s resolutions this time around.
Make It Something You Really Want
Don’t make a resolution about something you think you should want or about what other people want. Choose New Year’s resolutions that matter to you on a deep level. Think about what would bring you joy in 2016 and then make that your goal. You’ll discover that if you make a meaningful resolution, it will give you the encouragement you need to keep it.
Limit Your New Year’s Resolutions
In the heat of the moment, as fireworks are bursting overhead, it can feel like you can handle anything. The truth is life looks a little more complicated in the morning. Instead of trying to achieve ten different goals that will require all of your time and effort, keep your list small and focus on two to three resolutions that are really important to you. It’s okay not to shoot for the stars with all of them. A resolution to start and finish a 28-day Teatox is perfectly acceptable.
There’s nothing worse than making the resolution, I want to lose weight. The phrasing means absolutely nothing. How much weight do you want to lose? What is your deadline? Is it only weight you want to focus on or also clothing sizes? A better New Year’s resolution is, I want to lose 25lbs or two dress sizes by May 1. Follow the seven steps in this LifeHack to create awesome resolutions.
Make a Plan
You won’t ever keep your New Year’s resolutions if you don’t make a plan to reach your goal. Let’s go back to the goal of losing weight, how do you plan to drop 25lbs? Are you going to replace your daily cup of coffee with a cup of Energy Tea instead? Or maybe you’ve decided to workout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week by running for an hour each day. You can also plan to cut out one sweet every day, eat fewer calories, or increase your lean proteins. No matter how you plan to lose the weight, the key is you need a plan.
Tell a Friend
Employing the buddy system is always a great idea. Have you ever heard the question, If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really happen? Well, don’t be the tree. Tell a friend of family member about your New Year’s resolutions and ask them to keep you accountable. Make a plan to check in every single week to make sure you’re working toward your goal. Even better, challenge your friend or family member to the same resolution and make it a competition.