The Trick to Make Your Resolutions Stick
By Kim Atkinson for Beauty & Confidence
We are all looking for a trick to make your New Years resolutions stick! It’s that time of year again. We ring in the new year with a list of resolutions to improve our lives, but after a few weeks, good intentions fall by the wayside. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
According to one study, 45 percent of Americans make yearly resolutions, but only 8 percent actually achieve them But this doesn’t have to be you. The secret to changing your life is not in grand gestures. Instead it’s about thinking small.
The best way to achieve change is to set realistic goals,” says Dr. Christos Giannoulias, a clinical instructor in sports medicine at Chicago’s Loyola University. “For example, you can’t be a couch potato and expect to start working out for an hour, five days a week and have it become a lasting habit.”
Whether you’re hoping to run a marathon, boost your energy, or improve your diet, here are expert tips on how to make small changes that deliver big results.
1. Be your own cheerleader.
A positive attitude is key to accomplishing your goals.”Instead of writing an endless to-do list, how about writing a “Look what I did today list’ and give yourself a pat on the back,” says Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Her Life. “Virtually all of us respond to a loving coach as opposed to a stern inner critic.”
2. Make it a habit.