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7 Hacks to Make New Year's Resolutions You'll Keep

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Everyone strides into a new year overflowing with rejuvenated hunger and purpose, propelling them to go after their dreams. According to studies, the majority of people give up on their new year's resolutions on January 12. Why? Because people set last-minute intentions right before the clock strikes midnight without formulating a strategy. Read on for 7 foolproof hacks to make new year's resolutions you keep this year.

1. Reflect

Take a moment to acknowledge all you've achieved this year. Praise yourself for your accomplishments. What didn't you accomplish this year that you planned to? Be honest with yourself; why didn't you achieve these goals? Was there a genuine obstacle that held you back, such as finances or family commitments? Or is it because you weren't disciplined enough? Once you identify the why, you can create a strategy for success to slay your goals in the new year. Remember, direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast!! what matters is you're putting a plan in place to hold yourself accountable this year.

2. Identify Obstacles

Write a list of everything that held you back this year. What can you change? For example, if you've been covering two job roles since a colleague left your employer's company, can you speak to your employer about prioritizing finding a replacement? Once you find solutions for barriers, you'll have a solid plan.

3. Set Achievable Goals

Setting feasible goals plays a pivotal role in you staying motivated. If you're aiming to lose weight in the new year, be realistic. Set attainable monthly or bi-weekly targets. Setting unrealistic goals like losing 100 pounds by January 31 is counterproductive and is setting you up for failure. Setting an intention to lose 6-8 pounds by January 31 is a realistic expectation. When you keep hitting your target every month, you'll feel empowered and hungry for more success.

4. Set Timelines

Setting timeframes ensures you hold yourself accountable and eradicates the 'I'll do it tomorrow' mentality. Establishing weekly targets that compliment your monthly goals will help keep you on your toes and driven daily.

5. Create a Reward System

Rewarding your accomplishments is important for self-care and maintaining motivation. If you plan to quit smoking, for example, reward yourself by buying something you've wanted for ages with all of the money saved from buying cigarettes after a month or two. This old school tip is a powerful motivator.

6. Be Kind to Yourself

You will have days where you go rogue from your goals, whether that be binging on junk food, smoking, or not putting in the required study or goal-digging hours. Don't be too hard on yourself. What's important is you dust yourself off and get back on track tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.

7. Buddy Up

Research suggests that people can be up to 22% more likely to achieve their fitness goals when they find a workout buddy. Pick someone who will drag you out of bed to hit the gym at 6 AM or after work when you want to jump into bed and watch Netflix.

What are your new year's resolutions for 2020? Tweet me @lorenridinger.