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5 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution Goals

by Jennifer Tripucka
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“New Year, New Me” is a motto for many New Year’s resolutions that helps set 2019 goals and prepare a vision for the year to come. For most us, we blazed into the new year with the best of intentions and a solid plan for a more fulfilling existence. Now, a couple of weeks in, it’s too cold to go to the gym, takeout sounds amazing right now, and Netflix is beckoning.

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Self-doubt, negative self-talk, and even self-sabotage is easy to find in the winter months. Getting started is by far the most challenging part, but putting one foot in front of the other is a good place to begin. Below, Dana Czachorowski, MA, LPC of Shine Fiercely will share a few tricks to keeping a New Year’s resolution or goal in 2019. Here are five ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions:

1. Write your goals down.

When you put pen to paper {or fingers to the keyboard}, it activates your brain and triggers your mind to think about things differently. Writing it down makes it real rather than a fantasy. Reframe your goals to be SMART {specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely}, review, and rewrite them regularly to keep them fresh in your mind.

2. Break down your larger goal into smaller goals or micro goals.

Achieving the smaller goals will fuel your self-esteem and give you the boost you need that will carry you through to the ultimate goal. Micro goals are daily or regular task-specific goals that will ultimately help you achieve the larger goal.

3. Find your tribe.

Networking and socializing with people who are trying to get to the next level will elevate you and motivate you to work harder to achieve your goals. These are the people will raise you up with encouragement and will challenge you to be amazing.

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4. Be grateful.

Rather than focusing on your self-doubt, you’re going to make a list of all of the things that you are grateful for. Gratitude is so incredibly powerful and can completely shift your way of thinking to be more positive – this is scientifically proven! It can also improve your physical health, strengthen your relationships, reduces aggression, and improves sleep and self-esteem. Do this daily for maximum results.

5. Practice self-care!

Go to the gym, practice mindfulness, and find a balance in your diet. Spend time with your friends and family, relax, and have fun. Taking time for yourself to decompress isn’t optional. This will give you the fuel you need to tackle all of this hard work.

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Keep in mind that it may take a few false starts before you find your way. Don’t give up just because you momentarily dropped the ball. Scrapping it all and berating yourself due to a misstep isn’t necessary. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and commit to killing it until you’re living the life that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning.

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