How are your New Year’s resolutions faring?
Still going strong? Or have you started to waver?
It turns out a whopping 31.6% of resolutions don’t last more than two weeks and 41.6% don’t make it past one month.
But while a lot of people fail each year to accomplish their resolution, people who make resolutions are still 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t. Basically, resolutions are important and they can help us reach our goals. The trick is sticking to them.
And since it’s the time of year when those good intentions start to fade, I decided to hit refresh on my resolutions and share some tips to help stick with them. Hopefully this inspires you to revisit, refresh, and recommit, too.
So how am I doing?
I would say pretty good. Here are my resolutions and a quick update:
- Revitalize my mornings and read The Miracle Morning: I still haven’t read the book, but my mornings are improving. I already mastered the morning workout (see my process here), but I want to work on being more energetic.
- Make my bed every morning: going strong!
- Recommit to blogging and freelance writing: I’ve been better than December, but I need to work even harder
So get out your resolution(s) and look them over. Hopefully you wrote them down (writing them down makes you more likely to commit), but if not, write them down now. How are you doing?
Tips to Recommit
I actually like February as a time to recommit to resolutions. Everything is always so hectic after the holidays that it can be hard to also change a habit or try something new. But by the end of January, life has slowed down. Now is the time to recommit.
1. Use a tracker
Using a calendar and marking off successful days with a big X can be very motivating. Seeing an unbroken chain of Xs can make you not want to break the chain. Plus, every month you flip the page and get another chance to not miss a day. Make February a month full of Xs!
Just remember, building a new habit doesn’t happen overnight. But here are some tips to help you master habit change.
2. Review at the end of each day
This is a trick from wayyyy back. The Stoics in ancient Rome thought that reflection was a key to improving your life. Reviewing your day before you go to bed gives you a chance to reflect on what went wrong, what went well, and what you can do better tomorrow.
This helps you course correct and forces you to check in every day. Did you move yourself closer to your resolution or further away?
Make sure you don’t focus only on the negative. Focusing on what went well can make it easier to repeat tomorrow. Plus, being grateful makes you happier.
3. Practice self-compassion
During your evening review, don’t beat yourself up if your day didn’t go as planned. Contrary to what you might think, self-compassion is linked to motivation and achieving goals. Self-criticism, on the other hand, is linked with depression, anxiety, and procrastination.
Next time you catch yourself being overly critical, try talking to yourself the way you would to a close friend. Be compassionate, be caring, but also be honest. This will allow you to stay optimistic and motivated so you can stick to your resolutions.
What were your New Year’s resolutions? How are you doing on them? I’d love to hear about how you stay motivated!