New Year, Better Me

How to stick to your New Year's resolutions

Dailey Jackson, Managing Editor

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world make resolutions at the start of the year, intend to keep them throughout all three hundred sixty-five days, or in the case of 2020, three hundred sixty-six days. If you intend to make it through the whole year while staying true to your resolution here are some tips:

Start small. As much as you want to jump start all of your goals of getting in shape and saving money and eventually conquering the world, the best thing is to start off by setting smaller goals and gradually adding to your list as the year goes on. For example, instead of having a goal to lose twenty pounds, try to instead make a goal to cut back on carbohydrates and track your progress slowly.

Get support from others. Sometimes it’s good to get other people to make you responsible for your actions. Whether it be joining a group dance class or simply updating your family on your progress, having others by your side in this journey can help motivate you and encourage you to always stay true to you resolutions.

Make it physical. Just like many other commitments you can make in life, the idealistic scenario you had in mind is often different than what the final outcome is. When you realize you want to make a change and create your realistic, attainable goal, write it down everywhere! Make a goal chart, put up sticky notes, set a reminder in the morning or night to make sure it gets done!

Never forget why you made your resolution. One of the best driving forces is personal motivation and often one of the best feelings is accomplishing something that you thought you couldn’t do. There may be days when you fall behind or forget about your resolution but, when in doubt, try to remember why you came up with the resolution in the first place and how joyful you will feel when you are successful.