If you're contemplating losing weight, cleaning out your closets, making more friends, or just living a better life in 2015, you're not alone. But if you're like many women, your resolutions only last a few days, until life, family, and endless stress interfere with your goals. Resolutions are made to be kept, not broken! If you want to make 2015 your best year yet, check out these five easy tips for achieving your goals.
Set Clear, Reasonable Goals
If you want to succeed at keeping your resolutions, you first need to know what those resolutions are! Vague promises to lose weight, look better, or be happier might sound nice, but they're completely empty. Instead, take some time to think about what you really want, then get specific. Instead of resolving to lose weight, set a specific weight goal or commit to exercising five times per week. Rather than resolving to be more social, set a weekly meet-up with a friend or join a social group. Your resolutions should be actionable so that you know when you've met them.
Create a Reminder
It's easy for life to get in the way of your resolutions. That piece of cake might be incredibly tempting if you're under stress, for example. Creating a reminder of your goals will help you stay on track. Try posting a sticky note to your mirror, a note in your car, or even putting inspirational quotes in your planner. Doing so keeps your eye on the prize, increasing your odds of success.
Take Baby Steps
Just as it's impossible to lose 10 pounds in a day, it's similarly unlikely that your resolution will immediately make your life fabulous. Resolutions can take time, so focus on breaking your goal into smaller, more manageable steps. Set monthly, weekly, and daily goals. You might want to lose five pounds this month, one pound this week, and get 30 minutes of exercise today, for example.
Reward Your Success
Remember when you were a kid and your parents got you ice cream when you aced a test? Adults need rewards, too! Offer yourself a healthy reward for sticking to your goals. Lost five pounds? Time to get a new pair of jeans! Braved a stressful party because you want to make more friends? Treat yourself to a coffee and some time with a good book. When you reward yourself, you train your brain to associate making good choices with feeling better, and that makes keeping your resolutions infinitely easier.
Get a Partner
It's not easy sticking to your goals, but when you're accountable to another person, the challenge diminishes. Recruit the assistance of a friend, family member, or spouse, then work together to achieve your goals. Try running with a friend, meeting your honey at the gym, or asking your favorite cousin to go with you to that event you're dreading. When someone else shares in your successes and holds you accountable when you slip up, realizing your goals suddenly becomes much easier.
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