How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Written by Dana Gorski, Social Media and Content Coordinator

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, spend more quality time with your family or stop smoking, it can be hard to keep! I once heard a comedian joke about how gyms are the most crowded right after New Year’s Day and then attendance shrinks as time goes on, clearly referring to how people deter from their New Year’s resolutions. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve their resolution, 49% of people have infrequent success and 24% of people fail on their resolution each year. You can be a part of that 8%! Stick to your New Year’s resolution with these tips:

Plan Ahead. If you’re trying to work out more, pack your work out bag before work every day so you can swing by the gym on your way home or during your lunch break. Looking to spend more time with your family? Schedule a time on your calendar.

Support from a Friend. Have a friend hold you accountable. If you let a friend know what you are trying to do, they can help keep you on track by checking in on you.

Take One Step at a Time. You’re not going to reach your goal overnight! Take your time and gradually work towards achieving your goal.

Avoid Tempting Situations When Possible. Avoiding situations that will tempt you to break your New Year’s resolution is not always plausible, but can be beneficial if it can be done. For example, if you are trying to eat less sweets, do not grab coffee with a friend at a donut shop!

Write down your Progress. By tracking your progress, you can see how much you’ve improved. Seeing this will help keep you motivated. You can also see where you’ve been lacking which will help you make beneficial changes.

Don’t Be Discouraged: You may run into a bump or two along the way. That doesn’t mean you should give up! See what you can learn from these bumps in the road and continue to move forward.

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