Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Written by: Alexandra DelloStritto

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

We’re nearing two weeks into 2017 and for some people the determination for self-improvement that comes with the New Year may be starting to wear off. I know how easy it in to slip into old habits, especially when the school year begins. Regardless of what you’re aiming for this year, these steps should help you turn those resolutions into results:

1. Write your goals down. Make that mental checklist something you can see with your eyes, not just your imagination. Writing goals down, for me at least, has always made me more driven to reach them. If you need more motivation, place this list somewhere you will see it often.

2. Aim for consistency, not perfection. Let’s say your resolution is to write for five minutes every morning. You’re running late one day and forget to jot something down. With your resolution hopes dashed, you decide to toss your journal in the recycling bin and start again in 2018. Take that journal out of the bin because that’s not how resolutions should work. If you mess up, the worst thing you can do is quit. Failure is normal, especially if your resolution involves building a new habit. Being consistent doesn’t mean you don’t mess up from time to time. The key is to keep going despite those setbacks.

3. Remember that each day is a fresh start. When you think about it, there’s nothing all that special about New Year’s Day. Sure, it’s a nice date if you like the number one, but in the end it’s just another 24 hours. If you want something, don’t wait for the New Year to start working towards it. Each day is a new one. Start now!

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