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How to Stay on Track with Your New Year’s Resolution

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The new year is often a time for us to evaluate our lifestyle and habits and try to make positive improvements we all want to be better people. These evaluations are what inspire us to make new year resolutions.

However, if you have ever made a new year resolution, you should know how remarkably difficult they are to keep. A good number of people break their resolutions within a few days, the more strong-willed ones last a couple of months but usually by July, most people have given up completely on them… until next year at least.

Not everyone has issues keeping up with their new year resolutions though. Some people have achieved consistent success at meeting the targets they set. Here is a list of the things you should be doing to help you achieve your new year targets.

Start with small steps

One reason a lot of people do not keep up with their new year resolutions is that they set really huge targets, especially in areas of self-improvement. The truth is that we cannot change our lifestyle choices overnight. Habits take at least twenty-one days to form and it takes longer for the habit to become a lifestyle.

So, start with setting small achievable goals where you can easily measure your progress. For example, if you are looking to improve the quality of your relationship, you can try picking one night a week for the first month to spend time alone with your special one. Small targets help because they are easy to achieve and often give us the confidence to go for more.

Create a plan

This is another reason a lot of us don’t meet up with our targets. Simply put, a target without a plan is just wishful thinking. If your resolutions are going to pan out this year, you are going to have to take time out to be strategic about it.

If you plan on losing some weight before the end of the year, you can start with planning a diet change. The good thing is you don’t need to do all the planning for yourself. You can easily check out websites that already have plans tailored towards the type of outcome you want and adapt them. For instance, smart fitness geek has some detailed information on weight loss diet choices.

Keep Track of Your Progress

If you are setting targets, then you have to keep track of how well you are meeting them. Evaluating how well you are doing can help you assess if your plans are working or if you need to tweak something.

Keeping your progress reports physical can also go a long way in motivating you to do more if you are underperforming. Besides, keeping mental notes can be tricky as you can easily forget and lose track.

Don’t get discouraged

Lastly, keeping up with your targets will not be easy. There will be days when you will crave the things you’ve promised to leave behind, and you will probably break them. You shouldn’t get discouraged at these kinds of setbacks, they are bound to happen.

You can always start again after losing track of them. You do not need a new year to set a positive goal and work towards it, you can do it anytime!  

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