Do all your New Years’ Resolutions fall apart by February? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s almost cliche how resolutions notoriously fail after a few weeks. But, is it possible to make them stick?
Here, we’re sharing three simple tips to help keep your New Years’ Resolutions going strong well past January.
Allow for Error
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to New Years’ Resolutions is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. That means when they miss a day of workouts or they have a few chocolate chip cookies after dinner, they throw everything out the window and give up.
It’s so not necessary and it’s ruining your chances of having a resolution that sticks.
We’re human. We’re going to mess up. That’s a given. So, expecting otherwise is unrealistic. Instead, expect that things won’t go to plan and that you’ll definitely trip up now and then.
However, when you do go off the rails or fall back into old habits, simply get back on the horse, so to speak.
In short, you will fail. But that’s not a reason to aim for anything but the best.
Be Gentle With Yourself
Part of the reason we tend to, again, throw the baby out with the bathwater, is that we’re extremely hard on ourselves. We don’t allow for even the tiniest mistakes. We expect perfection, even when perfection is simply not feasible. And that’s ok!
Be gentle with yourself when it comes to your New Years’ Resolutions. That means skipping the cruel judgements about having a bad day or forgetting to write in your journal. Don’t judge yourself. Just get back on the horse.
When you’re gentle with yourself, you’re allowing yourself to be human. And that’s really all you can do.
Gentleness is not a get out of jail free card. You’ll feel the difference between rationalising bad behaviour and simple accepting human nature. Soon, you’ll get better and better at understanding the difference and you’ll be far more likely to stick to your resolutions.
Ask for Help
For whatever reason, we often feel like we have to do everything on our own. We have to achieve every goal and meet every deadline by ourselves or else it doesn’t count.
Well, we don’t know where started that, but it could probably use a rest.
There’s strength in asking for help. We can’t do everything and we can’t know everything. So, don’t make that your goal. Instead, do what you can and then ask for help with the rest.
Help might be chatting to a friend or finally outsourcing your overwhelming workload. It means allowing for a bit of extra space in your schedule and in your head to meet the goals that matter.
Plus, if you’re not able to stick to your New Years’ Resolutions past January, it could be a sign of a bigger problem requiring professional help. Maybe you need to hire a trainer or you should speak to a professional about how to better manage your career.
New Years’ Resolutions can be more than a January fad. Overall, you can truly change your life for the better and make these changes last into February and beyond.
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