Does this happen to you?
Every year you make at least one resolution that you just know will make you a better person. And every year, around the third week of January, you’ve completely forgotten what it was and have lapsed back into a bad habit.
Not this year! We’re here to help with a little coaching that will increase your stick-to-it-tive-ness by about nine times. Check out our best suggestions for making the most of your New Year’s Resolutions.
Instead of choosing to stop doing something, choose to start doing something. For example, instead of swearing off sugary soda, resolve to start drinking at least two glasses of water a day -- which will help you curb your soda cravings.
Telling a friend or family member will help you keep your resolution because you won't want to admit to someone else you've slipped. This works especially well if you choose someone whose opinion you value.
Avoid resolving to start working out five days a week for an hour a day. Start with something smaller -- like walking to school three times a week -- and you'll be more likely to pull it off.
Making a note to yourself about your goal or resolution, and putting it somewhere you'll see it often (taped above your bed, maybe?) will help you keep your eyes on the prize.
Are you trying to learn to play the piano? Let yourself have a treat when you master 'Chopsticks' and you'll be encouraged to move on to Chopin.
Teaming up with a friend for a similar resolution can give the motivation you need to succeed. Because after all, Rock Band is waaay more fun when you're playing with an actual 'band.'
This one is similar to keeping it simple -- but it bears repeating. If you shoot for the moon you might find yourself feeling discouraged. But if you want to stop biting your nails, taking it one finger at a time might just work.
There's a general rule in psychology that says it takes 21 days for people to establish a new habit or break an old one. So try to give your new year's resolution three full weeks before throwing in the towel...you might find you can't quit!
Looking to perfect your pool moves? Focus on one thing -- the break, for example -- and perfect that before moving on to nailing kick shots. By taking steps toward a larger goal, you'll get to enjoy more successes and increase your chances of accomplishing everything you set out to do this year.