1. Be realistic
If you're resolution is to save the world, you are pretty unlikely to achieve that. In all seriousness, set small goals that can be achieved if you stick to a plan. For example if you want to get fit, get the 'My Trainer Dasi' app on you phone and complete your personalised exercises each day (not sponsored). I have been sticking with their exercise plan and already been seeing great results. Getting fit isn't something you can do overnight, it takes time and determination, as does basically every goal you set.
2. Tell people about it
Telling other people such as your family and friends about your resolution will help you stick with it as you don't want to openly fail. They can also greatly support you and maybe even take part in accomplishing your resolution.
3. Believe in yourself
If you start with the outlook that you'll fail anyways, you are more likely to do so. Have a positive attitude and remember that a setback is simply a setback and not a failure. Keep telling yourself that you can do it and you will start to believe in it.
4. Track your progress
Actually being able to see the progress you've made will keep up your motivation and show you that your goal is achievable.
5. Find like minded people
If your resolution is to get fit, join an exercise class. If you're resolution is to travel more, the Internet provides amazing opportunities to talk to people and exchange travel information. If you're resolution is to do more for other people, think about joining a charity. You get the point.
6. Step out of your comfort zone
This is necessary to achieve your goal as it is likely that you want to accomplish something you are not 100% comfortable with doing. The gym can be a scary place and smiling more seems impossible when you're tired. However when you finally do it, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment and it will immediately lift your spirits.
7. Listen to yourself
Your body is your temple. Treat it well and take care of it, even if that means taking a step back in reaching your goals. Reward yourself if you have accomplished something particularly difficult and make sure your resolution is actually doing something good for you. If it doesn't, you should strongly think about changing it or even giving up completely. Because in the end your main resolution should be to be happy.
Do you have any more tips on how to accomplish your New Year's resolutions? What are your resolutions?
Mine is to have the best year ever ;)
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