How to Make Your Resolution Stick

In my last post, I talked about making a non-diet related resolution to help make 2019 your best year yet. But it can only make your year great if you can actually stick to it. I’ve seen a few different statistics about the success of new year’s resolution. According to Forbes, University of Scranton’s research states that only 8% of those who make resolutions are successful. According to Business Insider, 80% fail by February!

Why Your Resolution May Fail

There are a few reasons why your resolution might fail. Maybe you set the resolution and then never do anything about it. You keep putting it off, thinking “I have the whole year”, and then before you know it, it’s December and you haven’t made any progress. Then you tell yourself, ok next year will be the year, and you start all over again. Another reason why it might fail is that you do TOO MUCH for it. Yes, you can do too much. It’s the same reason why I don’t believe in diets. You burn out. We as humans are not perfect. We cannot simply flip a switch and decide to be different. It takes time, it takes process, it takes hard work, and it takes being kind to ourselves by being realistic.

How to Make It Stick

The first thing you need to keep in mind when setting a resolution is to keep things realistic. If you’ve never exercised a day in your life, for example, do not set a resolution to exercise for an hour every single day in the new year. That is not a realistic resolution! A better one would be simply to make regular exercise a habit and part of your life by the end of the year. Notice, I didn’t say that your resolution should be to regularly exercise right off the bat, for the entire year. Just that by the end of 2019, you are exercising regularly and that it feels like a habit and not something being forced.

The second thing you need to do is come up with a plan. First, decide what milestones you need to hit in order to achieve the overall goal. Then, plan action steps to take towards each milestone, with deadlines.

For instance, your first milestone for the above resolution could be to choose a type of exercise that you think you’ll enjoy and try it at least once. This could be your goal for January. Then you could set a goal for February to do this exercise once a week, and start setting new goals as you go to slowly work towards the overall goal. Side note- when setting an exercise goal, you should periodically reevaluate if you still enjoy the exercise, and if not, then try something new.

This plan may be slow, but it’s progress. And it will stick.

This Dietitian’s Resolution

So the above is just an example. Another example I can give you is my own resolution for 2019! In 2019, in addition to business goals, my resolution is to organize my house and my business in order to simplify and streamline my life and my work.

My plan is to first make a list of the areas that need to become organized. Then I’ll group the areas according to similarity. (For example, I couldn’t organize my coat closet without first organizing my storage closet, so those will be grouped together). Then I gave myself deadlines for cleaning out, buying storage solutions, and organizing each area at different times throughout the year. I may not be completely organized until at least Fall, but I know that if I tried to do it all right now, I’d burn myself out and then end up not using any of the systems I put in place. I’d be right back where I started this time next year!

I hope this helps! If you need ideas on some non-diet resolutions, click here!

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