6 Ways To Keep Your New Years Resolution

6 Ways To Keep Your New Years Resolution

Yes, even if you've already broken it.

If you're anything like me, you've probably already broken your New Years resolution multiple times... and we're only a couple of weeks into 2018.

Resolutions are tough, and they're meant to be that way. If they were easy to stick with, they wouldn't be worth trying. Luckily, there are no repercussions if you slip up every now and then. Whether your resolution is to exercise more, eat healthier, make new friends, or something totally random like learning to juggle, it is worth starting back again each time you drop the ball (pun intended).

Here are some methods you can use to stay committed to making a change in your life this year:

1. Set specific goals

It can be easy to convince yourself that you've already been working toward your goal if the goal that you've set for yourself is vague and open-ended. For instance, if you set a goal to "eat healthier this year," then you could say "I didn't eat that candy bar I saw today. How healthy of me!" When your meals consisted of greasy pizza and ramen, turning down one candy bar doesn't seem like a huge feat. When setting your goals, try being more specific. Instead of "Eat healthier," your goal could be "Cut gluten out of my diet."

2. Leave reminders for yourself

I am a very forgetful person. And it's easier to forget to do something if you already don't want to do that thing. Setting an alert on your phone or leaving a note on your bathroom mirror can be a great way to remind yourself to follow through with your resolution.

3. Use a support system

Having a friend to keep you accountable for keeping your resolution is one of the best ways to stick with it. Knowing that someone is counting on you to do something makes you much more likely to do it. It also helps if your friend has the same resolution, so you can keep them in check as well.

4. Rid yourself of temptations

If your resolution is to eat less junk food, it doesn't make sense to buy Doritos and pizza rolls every time you go to the grocery store (No, I'm not speaking from experience! Why do you ask?). Throw away all the junk food in your kitchen and buy foods that will help you stick to your goals.

5. Schedule time for your resolution

You've got to make time in your day for things that are important to you. If making this change in your life is something you want to take seriously, make sure you pencil in time for it in your busy schedule. If your resolution is to exercise more, set your alarm an hour or two earlier so you can hit the gym before work. If you want to learn Portuguese, take some time each night to learn a few phrases before bed. This method is also super helpful because if you make something a routine, it will eventually become a habit.

6. Reward yourself

If you notice that you've had a particularly difficult week, but still managed to keep your resolutions, it is totally acceptable to reward yourself for your hard work! Just make sure not to reward yourself with a huge ice cream sundae if your resolution is to stop eating ice cream sundaes...

Overall, just make sure that you are enjoying yourself and that your resolution is making a positive impact on your life. The beginning of a new year is a chance to start anew and make great changes. Don't let the opportunity pass you by. You've got this!

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This Year, I Ditched New Year's Resolutions And Found A Whole New Outlook

I picked one word to define what I wanted out of the year.

It's March. Most new year's resolutions are either going strong or hardly made it in the first place. Personally, this year, I decided not to declare a resolution. In my mind, I didn't want to just focus on something for a year. I wanted to make goals throughout the year and achieve them, without worrying about my focus constantly shifting back the looming resolution that I would feel obligated to complete and like I was letting myself down if I didn't.

Most of the time, we declare a resolution in the heat of the moment because we want to follow suit with everyone around us, and because of this, it's almost always something cliché that we just give up on a few months into the new year.

New year's resolutions have too much of a negative stigma about them nowadays. Most people joke when it comes time to declare their resolution because they know how it usually goes — we all do. A lot of the time, people associate the term "new year's resolution" with failure, and I just didn't want that kind of negativity in my life — especially not at the cusp of a brand new year.

I have plenty of goals, some long-term and others for completing in the next few months or years. This is why, for 2018, I decided to choose a word of the year. This word would define what I wanted my year to be all about, and I wanted to align my goals to the meaning that this word held for me. My word: Discover.

Since I've started college, I've made a lot of discoveries. I've discovered things about myself, things about my friends and relationships, and that there are so many new discoveries that still lie ahead for me. I'm not necessarily talking about the type of discoveries that involve finding out who is really there for you, or maybe discovering the career you want to pursue - I'm talking about those real, raw personal discoveries about yourself and what makes you, you.

Discover, verb. 1. Find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search. 2. Become aware of (a fact or situation).

I've always heard the phrase that "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." I also once attended a special lecture where the speaker specifically said: "Life is all about learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable." These quotes are ultimately what played the largest part in my decision to make "discover" my word of the year. To find and become aware of things I've never really taken the time to focus on about myself. To leave the comfort that is going through the motions and detaching myself from my emotions.

I wanted to discover what it was about certain situations that made me feel confident, scared, happy or just plain uncomfortable. I wanted to make these personal discoveries so that I could really take them into consideration when I approach new things in my life - when I set goals for myself. Understanding those feelings and emotions can really help a person successfully achieve their goals, and that's what I want to do, right?

I wanted to find out what it was that really made me tick — humans tend to just do things; we have emotions, we complete tasks, we go through the motions. We push forward through whatever we feel without sparing much thought as to why we are even feeling that way.

Today, everybody feels like they're in a time crunch, even when they're not. The best way — some may even say the only way — to get things done is to get them done fast; then it's over and it doesn't matter how we feel about it because we just needed to get it done. This is precisely what I wanted to stop doing. I wanted to find meaning in the things I do because for too long, I'd just been moving forward by going through the motions. My everyday life felt redundant. I was completing my goals and being successful, but I felt like I was altogether removing myself from the emotions that came with life — in almost everything I did.

This is how I knew that focusing on discovery, for 2018, was right for me. I could discover so many new things about myself that would help me become a more well-rounded individual. I knew that making these intricate discoveries about myself and being aware of them would help me express to others what I needed and was looking for in life, friends, and relationships.

I declared that I would get to know myself by focusing on me for a change. This was the perfect time to do it too — as my college years are coming to a close and I'm about to face real life responsibilities head-on.

Picking a word of the year has been so rewarding for me because it's so simple. One word to focus on and keep at the forefront of everything I do. I stop myself and think about the word, write it down, or say it out loud to remind myself of what I want to remain focused on this year.

I can honestly say that this method has helped turn my overall outlook on my life around completely. So far this year, I've made time for myself to reflect on everything I do, discovering even the most minuscule but rewarding aspects of myself and my emotions. I recommend giving my "word of the year" method a try because honestly, it has been easier and far more rewarding than any new year's resolution I ever attempted — better yet, it's March and I can still say I'm pursuing what I set my sights on for the new year.

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