New Years’ resolutions are always exciting. We have big hopes and dreams for making our lives better, more meaningful, and all-around positive. When January 1st comes upon us, we promise ourselves that the coming year will bring change that we’re in control of. The ways of the past are behind us and new horizons are before us.
Resolutions are easy to make, hard to keep. It takes self-awareness, self-control, stamina, and strength to keep ourselves accountable for our actions, but if we can fight the urges to give up, sticking to the script is an amazing accomplishment.
If you’ve made resolutions you realize would benefit your life for the long run, here are 5 ways to turn them into lifelong habits. The more you invest in yourself and value your contributions to the world, you’ll not only improve your own life, but the lives of those around you.
When you hit a milestone or make good on your promises, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. When you embrace the encouragement that comes from within, you will be proud to keep the positivity persisting.
Share Your Story
Don’t be shy about telling others what you have done and how you got there. It is not boasting when your insight can motivate others. Plus, when other people learn about your journey, you will be motivated to continue to see where it takes you.
Don’t Stop For Slip-Ups
Not every day will be your finest. You’re only human, and we all make mistakes. If you slip up or fall short, pick yourself up and try again. Setbacks can make you stronger if you learn a lesson in the process.
Make Changes When Necessary
Your original resolutions may need some tweaking or fine-tuning as you evolve. You are not bound to your resolutions as they were first formulated, so as you mature and move through life, adjust your resolutions as necessary. As long as the concept still proves successful, stick to it…with a twist.
Keep A Journal
When you first conceive of your resolutions, write them down and list what you hope to get out of them. Each day, week, month, or whenever the mood strikes, update your journal with notes on how your life is impacted by them. Over time, flip back to older entries and recall how you’ve improved since the start. Seeing how far you’ve come will keep your engine eternally running.