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Staying Motivated: Holding on to your New Years Resolution

On January 1 you made a goal. Maybe it was about your health, your personal life, or your career. Whatever your resolution is, February is the danger month. In February, it’s possible to lose momentum or sometimes completely forget you started the year off with a goal. How do you stick to the goal and original plan? We revisit them.

Think back to the beginning of January. What was your resolution? What have been the highs and lows of staying true to your resolution? What obstacles are in the way of you successfully staying on track? Now that you have recognized those obstacles, it’s time to address them. Here are five simple steps you can take to make that resolution last:

Reset your resolution: Was your goal lofty or unrealistic? If so, don’t think of the first month as a failure, but rather a stepping stone. Create a list of checkpoints to be met each month. Conquering these small milestones will keep you on track and get you closer to your goal next December.

Start over: Sometimes your zeal toward your original resolution can fizzle come February. If that’s the case, there’s still time to start over. You still have 11 months to complete a more suitable goal. Do some brainstorming, find a new resolution and get to work!

Be accountable: Recruit a friend or family member to participate with you. If you are training for a half or full marathon ask someone to join you for portions of your long runs. They don’t need to be training for a race themselves, but they can do two or three miles of an 11-mile run with you. If your goal is to make it to a workout class every day, find a friend at the gym and plan to meet up beforehand. Adding a sense of community to your workout routine can help you stay on track and have a lot more fun along the way.

Reward yourself: When you reach your checkpoints, treat yourself. Small rewards keep you excited and ready to tackle the next step. Maybe it’s a new pair of workout pants, ten minutes to yourself, or a family movie night. The reward should be something that makes you happy without compromising your overall goal.

Good luck with your New Years resolutions, whatever they may be. 365 days is a long time, so don’t be discouraged if you hit road bumps from time to time. January isn’t the only time you’re allowed to pick up a new hobby, make a goal, or change your lifestyle. Every day is a new start!

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