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4 Ways to Actually Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

It’s resolution time again, and making a goal you can actually keep is a challenge we all face. You start out with the best of intentions and a commitment to making it happen, but sustaining your motivation all year long can be overwhelming. This year, we’ve compiled a list of ways that may just make resolution success a reality!

Start Small

One big reason people often don’t succeed with their resolutions is they aim too high with big, sweeping goals – like exercising every day and eating more vegetables and losing 30 pounds. Instead, resolve to make one attainable change, such as going running three times a week. And by making your goal a tangible, measurable number, it will be easier to gauge your success and see where any adjustment may be needed.

Stay Focused

Once you know what you’re going to do, you’ll want to keep it at the forefront of your mind. Get some poster board or a piece of construction paper and some colored markers, and create a colorful sign you can display somewhere you’ll see it every day. Throughout the day, when you see your sign, go the extra distance and visualize yourself doing the activity. This will help cement it in your mind.

Call in Backup

For additional help staying on target, make yourself accountable to someone beyond yourself. By sharing your goals with friends and family, they will be able to support you in a variety of ways. For instance, you could ask them to inquire about your progress every couple of days.

Finding a friend who’s interested in committing to the same goal can be another great motivator. Working toward your goals together can make you feel like you’re part of a team, working toward a greater accomplishment. And there’s a better chance for fun!

Celebrate Your Successes

Measure your progress throughout the year by setting benchmarks. If your resolution is to run three days a week, you might consider yourself on the road to success if you were able to reach your weekly goal nine out of 12 weeks each quarter. And when you hit those goals, reward yourself! You are doing great, and you deserve to be honored for all you hard work. And, besides, you’ll work that much harder the next quarter knowing there’s another reward to come.

For more tips and tricks on having your best year yet, visit the TAVA Waters blog.

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