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If you are one of the many people that made a New Year’s resolution at the end of the previous year, by now, you may have already faltered. If you haven’t, that’s awesome. If you have already giving up, or you’re thinking of giving up, there are some things that you can do to help you keep on with your goals - Things that will get you back on track, even if you’ve completely given up.
Reevaluate your resolution.
Success in New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be specifically about the original resolution you made. You can make changes. You can change your mind. If you find that your resolution isn’t working out for you, take some time to reevaluate what you resolved to accomplish and consider what you can do to make it easier to be successful.
If you resolved to workout every day, but you’re finding it difficult to make time more than a couple of days out of the week, change your resolution to working out anytime you get the chance. If you intended to lose weight and have already given up after a week or three, read some articles online about healthy weight loss—and remind yourself of the fact that weight loss takes time. You can do this!
Set weekly goals.
Don’t just give yourself a major goal to achieve throughout the year without making smaller goals that will help you with your success. It’s not too hard to break down a major goal into smaller ones if you take a little time to think about things.
If weight loss is your goal—make a plan to lose one or two pounds a week, and include your plans on how to do that (skipping snacks, taking an extra walk twice a week, or using your gym membership more often).
If your goal is a cleaner home—use one week to invest in new storage containers, use another week to clean the bedroom, then the following week to clean a different room.
By breaking things up, it will be easier to achieve each task.
Ask for help.
Sure, this is your New Year’s resolution, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some help. Help can come in many forms. You can ask a friend or significant other to help keep you accountable when it comes to exercising and weight loss. There are Facebook groups that you can join that offer motivation, healthy recipes, and pretty much anything you can dream of.
Not losing weight after you’re a month or so in? Talk to your doctor. Not getting far on your novel? Take a writing class or look for some prompts to help inspire your writing each week.
Don't give up.
The biggest key to keeping your New Year’s resolution is never to give up. Even if you failed for an entire week, get back at it the following week. We all deserve some downtime, and everyone makes mistakes. Don’t let that little bit of time you’ve fallen behind on ruin even the smallest amount of progress you’ve made.
You made a New Year’s resolution for a reason—there was a change you wanted to make in your life. Don’t let the work it takes to be successful at your resolution keep you from at least trying to succeed.
Yvonne Glasgow has a Ph.D. in Holistic Life Coaching and a D.Div. in Spiritual Counseling. Yvonne has studied health and wellness, fitness, nutrition, herbal and other alternative therapies, and divination for over a decade. She is passionate about helping other people find health and happiness.
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