6 Ways to Still Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Are your New Year’s resolutions still going strong? Or did they end on January 2? It’s not uncommon for people to break their New Year’s resolutions very quickly after beginning the year. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still try to keep them!

We’ve all been there before, thinking, “Oh man I just broke my New Year’s resolution. Well, it’s too late for me, I guess there’s always next year.” We think that if we fail one time then we don’t get another chance. The truth is that we can start over right then and there.

We often believe that we must be perfect and never make mistakes. If that’s the case, then how would we ever learn? We’ve all heard the story of Michael Jordan getting cut from his high school basketball team, and the rest is history. Or the story of the poor college student who worked out of his basement to create the next big thing.

Failing shouldn’t keep us from reaching our potential, but rather it should help us refocus on achieving our potential. To help you keep up with your goals, here are 5 steps to help you get back on track to your New Year’s resolutions.

1. Restart your New Year’s resolution

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When break your resolution, know that you are not alone. Realize that millions of other people have done the same thing. Take a deep breath and start again. It’s okay that you aren’t perfect; nobody is perfect, but you can always try again. Make a mental note to start over today. By getting your mind set on starting over, you will be able to be refocus on your goal and rebuild your desire to achieve it.

2. Tell those close to you about your goal

Tell those you love that you are starting your goal over again. There is a lot of power in being accountable to another person. And who better to have cheering you on then the people who care most about you?

3. Create a new plan

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Write down what you are going to do differently to help you reach your resolution. You might even consider writing a note or making a daily reminder in your smartphone.When we write things down, we are able to remember those things better. But do whatever helps you remember your goal!

4. Test out your new plan

After you have created your new plan, put it into action. Do all of the things that you have planned on doing to reach your goal. It’s okay to make adjustments to your plan as needed. Talk to your family and friends about your plan and get their input as well. It’s always better to have a second opinion on your ideas.

5. Evaluate

Ask yourself how effective your new plan is. Are you actually staying on top of your resolution? Was it any easier than before? How well do you like your new plan? Will this plan be able to work long term?

It’s extremely important to follow up with yourself on these key questions because you will know if your plan is effective and if you need to make changes. This evaluation will also help you be more accountable to yourself, which is more important than being accountable to other people.

6. Don’t Give Up

Remember, if you fail today, it doesn’t mean you are a failure. Failure comes from failing to try again. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, so don’t be afraid to try again today. If you are trying to lose 50 pounds, write a book, get a 4.0 GPA, obtain your dream job, etc., realize that you can, do it; you just have to keep working at it.

When you fall, get back up again dust yourself off and tell yourself you will try again. Tell those you love you are making another attempt to start over. Write down your new plan, test it, and evaluate it. This year is your year, so don’t give up; start today. Keep working at it and you will achieve your resolutions in no time.