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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
Do you remember what your resolutions were last New Year? Have you tracked your progress on them?
How are you doing on your 2016 New Year’s resolutions?
If you’re like most people, your commitment lasted about a month. Then, one day you suddenly realized you were back to doing the same old thing. And by now, you may not even remember what your resolutions were.
No worries. That just makes you human. Many of us get caught up in New Year’s resolutions because it’s the socially appropriate thing to do.
Do you have any real personal motivations yourself? That’s what truly determines whether you’ll be successful in sticking to your resolutions.
And here’s some additional tips on how to keep resolutions you set for 2017:
Set Your Resolution Around Your Most Pressing Pain Point
Psychological research has proven humans are more likely to act to avoid pain than to gain a benefit. For example, you’d be more likely to start exercising to avoid the shame and guilt you feel because of being overweight, versus acting to feel good about your newer, healthier weight.
So, it makes sense to set your resolutions in relation to things that cause you the most personal pain and discomfort.
Make the Changes as Comfortable as Possible
At the same time, if you find what you’re doing to change painful, you won’t stick with it. For example, if you hate running, and all you do is run to lose weight, you’ll make yourself miserable and eventually stop.
So, if your goal is to lose weight, do it in the most enjoyable way possible for you. Maybe that means swimming instead of running. Eat a diet you like, and at the same time is healthy. Few people can stay consistent with changes that make them miserable.
Natural supplements can help make the process of losing weight easier, so consider them as part of your weight loss plan.
Measure and Reward Yourself for Progress
Nothing’s more motivating than when you see and experience progress. It’s tempting to think like the commercials advertise, and only get excited once you’ve lost 50 pounds. But, remember they show the most dramatic results to convince you what they’re selling works.
When you drop the first pound, reward yourself (just not with a banana cream pie). Do the same when you drop the second, third, fourth, fifth…and tenth.
You can make your New Year’s resolutions stick. With help from these tips, they’ll be even more likely to do so.