Every year we make a New Year’s resolution. Some of us might make one or several goals. We all can relate to having a bit of a love and hate relationship with our New Year’s resolutions. Our resolutions give us hope, motivation, and even a sense of accomplishment. However, midway through the year things start to head downhill with our resolutions.
It’s time to avoid the burnout this year (and any future resolutions for the years to come) and stick with your New Year’s resolution.
Here are 4 ways you can do that.
1. Get other people involved
It’s always much easier to let ourselves down than it is for us to let others down. Would you rather disappoint yourself or know that your family member or friend is? Letting someone down is slightly overwhelming and intimidating, but we can also use that to help motivate us to accomplish our goals.
So tell your friends what your resolution is this year and ask them to keep you accountable. For instance, if you plan on going to the gym invite them to come along or attend a class with you.
2. Reputation is a powerful motivator
Making your resolutions public can help you keep and increase your motivation to achieve them. So share your resolution with your family and friends on social media. They just might ask you about your progress and keep you motivated when reminding you about the resolution you made at the beginning of the year.
Holding yourself to the public can be a strong motivator since it is your reputation on the line.
3. Don’t make any exceptions
Making exceptions to avoid your resolution can quickly lead you down a slippery slope. Of course there are certain exceptions to make, but don’t start making up excuses to avoid your goals. Make sure to be self-aware. Get the help of a friend for you to be accountable, confine in them to get approval if your excuse is good enough to avoid your goal for just that time.
4. Make your resolutions part of your long-term plans
When you are making resolutions, it’s important to ensure they are realistic. Sometimes you might need to break down your resolution into small steps in order to achieve your resolution over time and get closer to your long-term plans.