Why is it so easy to make New Year’s resolutions, while it is not as easy to stick to them? Well, let’s take a look at that, shall we?
Every year, we get out our pens and papers and write down some goals for the coming year: hitting the gym every day, spending less money on clothes, eating healthier, etc. The problem is that, while setting these goals, we shoot for the moon and never take the goal for what it really is: a finishing line, and not a single step.
The trick to stick to New Year’s resolution is simple: take baby steps. Here is how to do it:
Start with the gym, once or twice a week
A popular New Year’s resolution is getting fit and losing weight. Great, but you can’t just hop off the couch and become an athlete overnight. If what you’ve lacked so far is motivation, you’ve got to build it. Start with one or two dates with the gym every week to get things going. Your body will take it from there.
Eating healthier? Yes, but with cheat days
The same goes for your eating habits. If you want to start eating healthier, embrace veggies, but forget a sudden regimen of only soup and stale bread. Learn to love your healthy food. And don’t forget your sweet, sweet cheat days.
That new job takes time
This might be a no-brainer, but quitting your job cold-turkey is most probably not the smartest way to get closer to your dream job. Instead, do a little side-research, update your CV, save some money. And then, take the leap.
Don’t be too harsh on yourself
All in all, the best trick to stick to your New Year’s resolutions is to be gentle with yourself. Keep your eyes on the prize, but make every step towards your goals your main focus. This will prevent you from giving up way too early and will keep you motivated. Balance is everything.
Happy New You!