How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution?
How many times did you give up on it?
It’s not impossible to stick to your New Year’s resolution – you just need to know how to approach your 2022 goals!
Here are 5 hacks that will help you stick to the promise you made to yourself once the clock hit midnight on New Year’s Day:
1. Get to the Root of the Problem
Before you get started on your New Year’s resolution, it’s important to understand the root cause of the behavior you want to change.
For instance, if you want to quit smoking, why do you smoke in the first place? It could be that stress is causing you to light up and, if you can reduce the stress in your life, you can better kick this habit.
This goes for anything you want to focus on in 2022 – eating healthier, reading more books, learning how to play the guitar.
Once you can figure out what is stopping you from achieving your goals, you can then evaluate your habits and start to make positive changes in your life!
2. Set SMART Goals
One of the biggest reasons people give up on the New Year’s resolutions is because they set the bar too high and then give up when they can’t reach it.
To avoid this issue, begin by setting a SMART goal:
- Specific: Make sure your goal is simple and precise.
- Measurable: You need to be able to measure your progress so you can see how much closer you are getting to your goal.
- Actionable: What actions are you going to take to reach your goal? This will help you focus on what needs to be done to reach your goal.
- Relevant: Your goal needs to be important to you. It helps to establish a “why” – Why do you want to achieve this goal?
- Timely: In order to keep your New Year’s resolution on track, you need a timeframe to work within.
Just remember that as you work toward your goal, any of these aspects can change. You may find yourself exploring new ways to reach your goal or setting new goals along the way.
3. Break Down Your Goals
The best way to stay motivated when it comes to your 2022 New Year’s resolution is to take your main goal and break it down into manageable steps.
By having smaller benchmarks, you can more easily track your progress and celebrate victories along the way.
For example, if you want to lose weight, set yourself some monthly goals. These don’t even have to involve numbers – perhaps in your first month, you want to incorporate more vegetables into your diet and walk three times a week.
These little wins will help you track incremental success as you work toward your goal.
4. Get An Accountability Partner
It’s so easy to talk yourself out of putting in the effort to reach your goal. This is why it can be helpful to have an accountability partner.
This can be anyone in your life who can offer support and push you to succeed.
It’s especially helpful if this person is trying to reach the same goals too!
For instance, if you are trying to stop smoking and your friend is also trying to stop smoking, you guys can team up and help each other out.
You can plan to do activities together that will distract you from cigarettes or check in every day to see how the other is doing.
Having an accountability partner can work for all kinds of goals and New Year’s resolutions!
5. Consider Alternatives To Your Bad Habits
More often than not, the one thing that stands between us and our New Year’s resolutions is a bad habit.
A habit is simply something that you’ve taught yourself to do. However, dropping a bad habit is significantly more difficult than creating one.
Instead of trying to stop something cold-turkey, you can always find an alternative.
For example, if you are looking to cut sugar out of your diet, look for healthier alternatives such as honey and natural sweeteners.
If you are trying to quit smoking, switch to vaping for a short-term period of time. No, vaping isn’t a healthy alternative but it will help you wean your body off cigarettes so you can quit for good!
Happy New Year!
These hacks will get you started on keeping your New Year’s resolution!
What’s your resolution this year? Share it in the comments below!