5 Tips For Sticking To Your New Year's Resolutions

A new year is upon us and we're dusting off the trials of 2017 and ready to swing into 2018 as new and improved people.

How many of you actually stuck to your New Year's resolution from last year? I know I didn't. To be completely honest, I don't even remember if I made any resolutions last year, but if I did I'm sure they were something along the lines of: lose weight, be a better mother, follow my dreams, etc.

This past year has taught me a lot about myself, my career goals, and has showed me where I want to be in 5 years. In the coming year, I want to commit to my health goals and see weight loss as a lifestyle change instead of a timed goal. I also want to meet all of my career goals and continue to build Adventures At Home into the platform I picture it being, while simultaneously working at growing my freelance writing jobs and improving on my existing writing skills. My at-home goal is to finally declutter my house and find a cleaning schedule and routine that works for me. All of this will ultimately lead me to my goal of working from home.

I truly hope you all meet any goals you have this coming year, whether they seen unattainable or not- please believe that you all can do ANYTHING you set your minds to.

Here Are 5 Tips For Sticking To Your New Year's Resolutions:

1- Think Long Term

How many times have you decided to lose weight as your resolution only to go all out at the gym for a few months and then stop going all together? Most changes take time, whether it be quitting a bad habit, losing weight, decluttering your house, etc. You need to allow time for these changes to happen and make small attainable goals. Look forward to the end of the year and think of what you hope to have achieved by then, and then break down that large goal into 12 monthly goals.

2- Create A Vision Board

2017 taught me that vision boards actually work, and I will be creating another one for 2018!
A vision board is a collage of images that inspire you to achieve certain goals.

 I made a digital vision board on my phone and saved it as my screen saver, so every time I used my phone, I saw my goals laid out in front of me. I'm considering making a physical board this year as well to stick to our cork board or fridge.

A vision board works so well because it allows you to easily visualize your goals and dreams, which subconsciously will make you work harder towards them. I had 2 of my vision board goals come into reality this year, and several more on their way to being realized as well.

3- Get Organized

There's nothing quite like a fresh new planner to start a new year. I love using a planner because it helps me schedule my goals and achievements, which I find makes me more likely to achieve them. It may sound silly, but seeing the word "Gym" on my planner will make me actually want to go to the gym. I guess I just like checking things off of my check list. I will be getting myself a new planner this January, along with some fun new pens, because why not?

4- Celebrate Each Achievement

Reaching a goal is really exciting! I see nothing wrong in celebrating your achievements as you go. Whether it's by buying an item you want or treating yourself to a new hair do, don't forget to celebrate all that you accomplish. When I achieved both items from my vision board this year, I celebrated by dancing around and smiling non stop, which was enough for me :)

5- Dont' Give Up When It Gets Tough

In my opinion, this is one of the main reasons people do not achieve their New Year's resolutions, because when the going gets tough, the tough stop going. You CAN achieve your goals, just keep working towards them. You are tough, you CAN quit smoking, lose weight, declutter your house, achieve your career goals, or do whatever you want to do. Think ahead to next New Year's Eve and ask yourself if you want to be making the same resolutions year after year or if you want to be able to look back at the year and be proud of what you've accomplished.

Comment below and tell me your goals and plans for this coming year!


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