At this point, it is pretty cliché to talk about new year resolutions. Only 8% of people will keep resolutions without falling back into the same old habits. In reality, it takes a while to truly re-imagine yourself. However, there are ways to help some of your new year resolutions stick... possibly forever.
Pick the right resolution
Everyone is different; no one will keep up a resolution that doesn’t click with them. Picking the right resolution is key to making them stick! The main issue is when resolutions are too vague, so use a formula call SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound). When its specific, you are able to focus on just that. When it is measurable, you will be able to see progress. When it is achievable, you know what the finish line will look like. When it is relevant, it applies to your daily life. When it is time-bound, you give yourself a time limit to work hard to get it done.
Create a plan
You won’t wake up one day and say, "I figured it out!" You need to create a plan that will break your bad habits and form new, good habits. A good example of this is going off a three-part system of Cue, Routine, Reward. For example, your bad habit is checking Facebook too much. Cue: “I feel lonely.” The routine is checking Facebook, and the reward is feeling connected. There is always a way to change the behavior. Instead of checking Facebook, talk to someone you're close to -- whether it be your mom, a colleague, or a friend.
Make it personal
When you want to get anything done, find something that will affect you in a positive way. Exercise, for example, is something you know will affect you positively, but you can’t actively see the positive benefits. How can you get into the habit of exercising? Well, to start off, put on your workout clothes. This will help you get in the mindset to exercise. Like moving a boulder that’s stuck, even one inch is a start. If you reward yourself, your brain will attach itself to the habit. Instead of rushing to work after running, treat yourself to a piece of chocolate and a nice warm shower. It is also important to note that goals should be realistic!
Jumping over hurdles
Try your best to keep up with a workout routine or anything else even when life gets in the way. It always happens! Don't worry if something comes up, and you lose the routine. If you followed the tips above, you’ll fall right back into it.