Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions in 2021

The New Year fills us with excitement for what’s ahead and refills us with resolve to make the next twelve months better than the last. Setting goals, including New Year’s resolutions, helps us put our year into perspective and prioritize what’s really important. However, studies show that approximately 80% of people who made a resolution on January 1, gave up on it by the first week of February. If you’d like to take 2021 into your own hands and not become another statistic, follow these helpful hints to ensure you achieve your New Year’s resolution.

Outline the Path to Achieving Your Goal

Many folks write a list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, post it on the refrigerator or sticky-note it to their computer, then never give that list a second thought. Instead of creating a laundry list of things you’d like to accomplish, habits you’d wish to break, or bucket list items you want to check, pick a few top resolutions and outline the path to achieving those things.

For example, if your New Year’s resolution is to try new things, create a step-by-step guide for how you can achieve that goal. Write down a few activities, hobbies, or events you want to experience, and lay out the path it would take to get there. Write down obstacles you may encounter, external help you may need to enlist, and the overall benefits you’ll reap upon achieving this goal.

Enlist an Accountability Partner

Accomplishing a goal, be it large or small, can be a crucial tool in sticking to a new habit. Ask a friend, neighbor, spouse, or coworkers to help keep you accountable. Share with them your goal and the steps you’ve outlined that will get you there. If you feel like you need another person to have a vested interest in order to keep you accountable, offer them some sort of incentive to check in daily, weekly, or monthly.

Give Yourself a Reward

The top New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, cutting back on alcohol, and exercising more. While the end goal of each of these things is itself a reward, it’s important to treat yourself along the way.

The journey to accomplishing your New Year’s resolution may involve running daily, paying off debt in small chunks at a time, or something similar. Create milestones and set a reward in place for each one you meet. That way, you’ll have some incentive to keep going, even as the calendar continues to move away from the first of the year.

Keep Trying

Depending on your goal, there may be room to backslide. Have compassion for yourself and change up your approach if you find that you’re continually failing. Enlist the help of additional accountability partners or set smaller milestones that incentivize you to keep going.

It’s ok to stumble upon first starting out. Setting goals means that you’re on the path to self-improvement. Stephen Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” writes, “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”

New Year’s resolutions are often sloughed off just as quickly as they are set. However, the dawn of a new twelve-month period offers a clean slate and a fresh start. There’s no time like the present to start working on yourself. The Piedmont Apartments places residents in the lap of the Rocky Mountains – prime territory for personal growth and exploration. Contact us today to learn more about our awesome apartments and amenities.

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