New year, new you. As we welcome 2016, many of us will make resolutions to better ourselves. But according to Forbes, just 8% of people actually achieve thier new year's resolutions. To give you the best chances possible, here are 8 tips to help you keep your resolutions.
Saying you'll never eat dessert again is a little crazy. But maybe you could cut back to dessert just twice a week.
Break it into smaller resolutions
If you want to lose 12 pounds by 2017, don't expect to do it all in January. Instead break it up into one pound a month and now it's much easier.
Make a plan
Planning ahead will give you the best chance of achieving your goals. If you want to start exercising, go get your gym membership and schedule the days of the week you'll dedicate to exercise.
Having someone hold you accountable can be helpful. Tell a few people what your goals are so they can help cheer you on. Maybe one of your coworkers has the same goal and you can tackle it together!
Make it something good
No one says your resolution has to be something you'll hate, like eating fewer sweets. Make it something positive, like reading a new book each month.
Fight through it
If your resolution involves a change in routine, the first few weeks can be hard. Stick to it, remember why you're doing it and tough it out.
Use technology to your advantage
Set up reminder and alarms on your phone or use apps that track your calories or fitness progress. Use online technology like Digit to help you save money without even thinking about it. Whatever your resolution, there's probably an app for that.
Don't beat yourself up
You'll probably slip up, and that's okay. Shake it off and get back on it the next day!
Buy yourself a treat or have a chocolate when you hit milestones along the way. It will motivate you to keep going and hit the next milestone.
Limit yourself to one goal
We can probably all think of several things we can improve about ourselves or our lives, but sticking to just one goal will greatly increase your chances of success.