10 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

happy-new-year-new-year-resolutionsSince only 8% of us actually achieve our New Year’s Resolutions, some tips are in order for those of us wanting to ring in the New Year with healthier or more sustainable habits. Thanks to Alyson Jones for the following insights on keeping our New Year’s resolutions. And in the spirit of NWEI’s model for change, we also recommend drawing on the support of friends, co-workers or classmates as you work to effect changes in your life. As Alyson reminds us, “Look for others who share your goals, and support each other.”

Many of us finish the year with indulgences and celebration, and then start the New Year with the best of intentions and sincere resolutions to do things better. Unfortunately these good intentions often end up in frustration and disappointment. Sometimes we find ourselves moving further away from our goals in the New Year rather than accomplishing our resolutions. So how do we take those good intentions and create a plan that will move our vision to reality? How do we avoid the discouragement of failed expectations that lead to avoidance and, even worse, the self-loathing that comes with the failure to achieve the lifestyle changes we want?

The first thing we need to do is manage our expectations. If we reach too high, and try to grasp too much it is likely we will fall down quickly. Most New Year’s resolutions do not even make it to the end of January. Within days these grand wishes crash into reality and old habits. When a habit is embedded in our lifestyle it is difficult to change…

Life is not a straight road, and goals are not accomplished in a linear or inflexible manner. It does not help to overwhelm oneself with a goal that is based on perfectionism. It is much better, and success is more likely, when your goals are based on growth, health and wellness…Once we have put some thought into our vision for the future, and set goals that are based on health rather than perfectionism, then the following simple steps can help you develop and maintain the resolve to achieve your goals.

  • Set a realistic time frame for change.
  • Develop your patience.
  • Look for ways to reduce stress, as it will undermine your discipline and your health.
  • Be prepared to try something new.
  • Be prepared to learn from your mistakes.
  • Celebrate the small steps.
  • Be curious and open to learning.
  • Use self-care and self-reflection to help you accomplish your goals.
  • Look for others who share your goals, and support each other.
  • Have some fun along the way – joy can fuel positive change.

*For more tips and to read the full article, click here. Looking to make more sustainable lifestyle choices in 2015? Check out NWEI’s small group discussion courses to help you get started, or join our (free) Course Organizer training on January 22nd.   

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