We are already halfway through the second month of the year and many of us are still filled with renewed motivation and inspiration. We make New Year’s resolutions with the intention of making positive changes in our lives to help us become better people, and in turn, better leaders. But all too often, our resolve begins to fade as the weeks and months go by.
It doesn’t have to be this way. With a bit of dedication and discipline, it is possible to stick to your New Year’s resolutions and make the changes you want to see in your life.
Tips For Sticking With Resolutions
1. Make Specific, Achievable Goals
If your goals are vague and unachievable, you are more likely to fail at reaching those resolutions. For example, instead of “lose weight,” resolve to walk 30 minutes a day or eat a healthy breakfast daily. This changed something from vague to specific and achievable, and you have more ways to track your progress which will keep you motivated.
2. Keep Track of Your Progress
Seeing your progress will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you stay focused on your goals. You can use a journal or an app to track your progress and make sure you celebrate your small victories along the way.
3. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Slip-ups happen, and if they occur with your resolutions, don’t give up. Instead of being hard on yourself, try to understand what led to the slip-up and how to prevent it from happening again. By being kind and compassionate with yourself, you’ll be able to stay motivated and on track.
4. Get Support
Changing your life can be difficult, especially when trying to do it on your own. Share your resolutions with friends and family, and enlist their support and encouragement. In other words, having someone to share your progress with can be a great motivator and help you stay on track.
5. Don’t Try to Change Too Much at Once
It’s easy to get carried away with our New Year’s resolutions, but trying to change too much at once can be overwhelming. Focus on one or two resolutions at a time, and give yourself time to adjust to the changes.
By focusing on a few key areas, you’ll be able to make sustainable changes that will have a lasting impact on your life.
6. Find Ways to Stay Motivated
Staying motivated is vital to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. Consider finding a workout buddy, setting achievable milestones, or rewarding yourself when you reach a goal. Hence, having something to look forward to can be a great motivator and help you stay focused on your resolutions.
7. It’s Never Too Late to Start
Just because January 1st has come and passed doesn’t mean you can’t set new goals for yourself or reset the ones you may have let fall to the wayside already.
There is a popular Chinese proverb that I like to share when it comes to goal-setting conversations; “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The same is true for resolutions.
Making and sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Overall, by following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making the positive changes in your life.
Therefore, dedication and discipline can achieve your goals and create a life you love.
Now ask yourself, am I a leader?