10 Ways to Help You Stick to Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2011

How often have you made resolutions for the new year and less than two months in, either forgot you made them or simply stopped following through?

Keeping up with the goals you set for yourself can be tough. Here are 10 tips to help you stay motivated and stick to your New Year’s resolutions for 2012:

  1. Be specific. Don’t set a goal as vague as “make more friends” or “strengthen friendships.” Instead, use language like “say hello to one new person each day.”
  2. Write down your goals. Write them down and store them in a place where you can easily review them throughout the year.
  3. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution to make yourself feel accountable for success and failure.
  4. Think big. Maybe you need a big change or a big adventure. Whatever it is, let yourself imagine anything and plan from there.
  5. Think small. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only radical change can make a difference. Look close to home for ways to improve and grow.
  6. Ask for help. If you have a pattern of making and breaking them, don’t be afraid to ask someone for support.
  7. Consider making only pleasant resolutions. If you’re struggling to keep your resolutions, try resolving to “go to more movies,” “find more time to read” or whatever resolutions you’d find fun to keep.
  8. Set a resolution you can practice every day. It’s often easier to do something every day than every few days.
  9. Set a deadline to complete each goal.
  10. Start slow. Instead of starting your new exercise routine by training for the marathon, aim for a 20-minute walk each day.

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