Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions Alive

| February 6, 2024 | 12 Comments
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We’re halfway through February already – where did the time go? If you made some New Year’s resolutions, you may wonder how to keep up the momentum. According to studies, 80% of people give up on their resolutions by February. But there is still time to get back on track!

Here are some helpful tips to revive and achieve your goals:

Set Realistic Mini-Goals

Don’t try to change everything overnight. Set smaller, achievable targets that build towards your ultimate aim. Getting organized? Focus on one room or even a drawer per week. Are you losing weight? Aim to exercise twice a week, then build up. Mini-goals keep motivation high.

Make a Specific Plan

Vague resolutions lead to vague efforts. Plot your plan in detail. Want to save money? Track spending, set savings targets, and automate transfers. The more precise your map, the less chance you’ll get lost along the way.

Focus on Creating Habits

It takes 28 days for new behaviors to become habit. Stay disciplined and do your new activity daily for a month. After 28 days, it will start to feel natural. Habits form pathways in our brain that make behaviors easier over time.

Review and Revise

Review progress at the end of each week, month, or quarter. If your plan isn’t working, be flexible and make changes. Plans can evolve over time. The key is consistent action towards your goals. Progress might feel slow, but small steps achieved regularly add up to significant change over time.

Now is the time to revive lagging resolutions with renewed vision and vigor! Take it step-by-step, focus on creating habitual behaviors, and review and revise when necessary. You can still make this year your best with commitment and perseverance!

What resolutions are you working on this year? Share your goals, and let’s encourage each other!

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  1. Nicole Becker says:

    Well, tried to quit smoking but could not!! Maybe next year!!

  2. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    Mine was to lose 30lbs im only down 8lb ive been slacking off a little lately.

  3. Ari says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard that 28-30 times thing before. I guess it makes sense. I might just have to make a plan and really stick to it to get where I want to be this year.

  4. Darlene Jones-Nelson says:

    Yea I have a resolution to loose weight also, seems like the weather isn’t cooperating with me.

  5. Renata S says:

    As did Nicole, I promised myself quit smoking. But it’s so hard…
    My husband is doing the same.

  6. I didn’t make any. But I am always fine tuning my goals in life. I am working out more but I started that before new years hit. Its going better this year than most of last year getting in more workouts!

  7. Paula V says:

    28 days to make a habit. Sometimes that is so hard and I’ve often passed the 28 days only to have a lapse of 2-3 days and totally ruin the habit. I do this with exercise and I need to stop!

  8. Charlene says:

    I’m not much on new years resolutions. I never seem to be able to keep them so I stopped making them.

  9. md kennedy says:

    I went 38 days meat-free and then caved-in to harrasing from my husband. I am now over it, and rededicated to this resolution. Sometimes it takes a few tries…

  10. John Heim says:

    I guess about as expected. At least some of them made it through January.

  11. Chrystal D says:

    I’m still working on my cutting down on smoking…it’s rough at times!

  12. Trish F says:

    Gave up cigarettes on Jan. 5th and so far, so good. But I really didn’t call it a resolution. Now I’m afraid I may have traded one habit for the other because I’m totally into my e-cigarette, but at least I’m not getting all of the tar and 45 other deadly chemicals. I say who cares what time of year it is. Slow and steady wins the race.

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