I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. I love the sense of renewal and refreshing of purpose that you have this time of year. I love the feeling of starting with a blank slate. But at the same time, I hate the pressure of feeling the need for this grand pronouncement and this huge change. Too often, I’ve failed, and I know I’m not alone. After all the hard work I put in last year, I have figured out some keys to making your resolutions stick.
The “conventional wisdom” is that it takes 21 days to make something a habit. Getting through those first 21 days is tough, though, and I know that even past 21 days, if it isn’t a habit that I like or feel good about, I still won’t keep it. It’s so important to make the right resolutions – which are different for every person – in order for you to be successful in keeping them.
And beyond that? It’s having the faith that you can do it. Just because you slip once or aren’t perfect, that’s not the excuse to give up. We’re so quick to jump on ourselves every time we do something wrong, but how often are we proud of ourselves when we do something right? Focus just as hard on congratulating yourself when you are achieving you goals as you do when you falter. Just don’t give up because this isn’t an all or nothing kind of game.
So what are your keys to keeping your New Year’s resolutions intact?