From losing weight, getting organized, quitting smoking to spending less or saving mire, we often make grand resolutions at the start of a new year. Did you know that only eight percent of people keep the goals they set in January? Don’t be disheartened. We’ve compiled a list of the best advice to help you stick to your resolutions.
- Phrase them as if you’ve already achieved success
Positivity is truly a powerful force. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I want to quit smoking” you might say, “I’m so grateful to be fit and healthy.” When you use gratitude to describe your goal, you spark the front portion of your brain. Research has shown that this part of the brain enhances focus and helps you identify more possibilities for success.
- Set small, SMART goals throughout the year
SMART goals ensure success. They are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Based. You may have a goal to lose 50 or more pounds over the course of 2017. If you break this goal up into smaller and smarter portions, you are more likely to meet your goal and create lasting habits. For example, a more realistic and measurable goal might be to lose five pounds in January and reevaluate from there.
- Repetition strengthens new habits
You have to do more than write down your goals and get excited about them for two weeks. Breaking old habits is tough unless you understand how the brain works. Your die-hard habits have formed deep-rooted neuropathways. If your new goal is bigger or different than you have to create new beliefs, habits and neuropathways to achieve success.
- Plan ahead
One reason for resolutions not working out is that the makers’ lack self-control. Get ahead of yourself and plan for temptations and dealing with setbacks. Before you start your new resolution, think about potential barriers. Next, identify and create contingency plans for when you’re feeling lazy or can’t resist a smoke break.
- Accept failure
If you happen to sneak a cigarette, miss a work out or get short with kids, that’s okay. Accept the failure but learn from it. Identify and remember the triggers that caused the set back. Try, try and keeping trying again and again. Perseverance is the key to success.