The start of a new year is a great time to shed bad habits and start fresh by replacing them with better ones. However, setting a new resolution for the year is often easier than following through with them.
Whether your goal is to better yourself mentally or physically, we have some tips on how you can start and stick to them throughout the year.
Why you should make a New Year’s resolution
New year, new me. It’s the modern day adage that many of us adopt going into the new year. While it’s always nice to start the new year with this positive attitude, it’s important to fully connect with the intention behind your resolution to be able to achieve it.
Think of making a new year’s resolution like making a promise, but to yourself. When someone makes a promise to you, and follows through, you gain respect, confidence and trust for that person. But when that promise is broken, you start to lose those feelings, and that person becomes less reliable to you.
The same occurs when you make promises to yourself. When a goal is followed through, they can be powerful enough to boost your confidence and motivate you to continue setting goals because you know you have the will to accomplish them.
Coach tip: start by setting a small goal that’s easily attainable, like taking 15-30 minutes before bed to meditate every night. Or drinking 2-3 liters of water each day.
Most common types of New Year’s resolutions
- Lose weight or get in better shape
- Run your first 5K or marathon
- Learn a new skill
- Try a new hobby (e.g. gardening, dancing, workout classes)
- Quit a vice (drinking less alcohol, smoking, etc.)
- Cook 1 new thing each week.
- Staying in touch with loved ones. (Read more: How to Stay Connected during the Holidays)
- More positive, less negative thinking (gratitude journaling, self care)
- Reaching goals or milestones at work
How to Stick to Your New Year’s Goals
As we mentioned earlier, starting small is key for setting up goals and resolutions because you want to build up that self-confidence and momentum for bigger goals. Just like how you wouldn’t skii a black diamond before conquering the bunny slopes, you want to train yourself for goal setting and achieving.
Track your progress with goal journaling
Writing down your resolution(s) for the New Years is the first step to setting your intention to achieve it, but don’t stop there. Create an action plan, schedule, and log daily/weekly/monthly check-ins to reflect on your progress.
This will help you understand what works (and doesn’t) when it comes to your resolution, and keep you focused on reaching your goal.
Stay accountable with health coaching
Staying accountable can be tough when you’re accomplishing goals and resolutions on your own. We’ve all been there. That’s why having a consistent support system is key.
While friends and family are great for checking in to see if we’re still on track, sometimes we need more guidance to map out our road to success.
Yes Health coaches are all certified to help you reach your goals whether it’s in physical fitness, healthier eating habits, or better mental well-being. And unlike traditional methods of coaching, they can coach you directly through the Yes Health app from the convenience of your living room.
Final Thoughts: How to Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Stick With
If you’d like more tips on how to make and stick with new year’s resolutions, try Yes Health free for 14 days, and see what your coaches recommend for you.
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