5 Hacks for Meeting Your New Year’s Resolution

Here, a foolproof guide on how to nail your New Year’s resolution.

 1. Be realistic. 

Sure, it may seem like common sense, but the fact of the matter is most people set unattainable goals as their resolution for the New Year. Seemingly, it’s important to remember to be realistic and strive for something that’s actually attainable. You get the idea.

2. Plan ahead & outline your plan.

Thinking about making your resolution on New Year’s Eve? Think again. If you wait until last minute to set your goal for 2022, it won’t be fully centered on what you want long-term— rather, it’ll be center on what you want *that* particular day. So, plan ahead and make sure to outline your plan with details, like how you will deal with temptation or negative self-talk.

 3. Reward yourself. 

Every now and then, celebrate your wins by treating yourself to something you enjoy. Naturally, this *something* can’t contradict your resolution— instead, make it something that is more like a pat on the back for reaching a milestone. For example, if your resolution is to eat better, reward yourself with a new top or a much-needed spa day. 

4. Track your milestones– and don’t go hard on yourself when you succumb to a setback.

Keep note of small successes– however small they may be– as they will keep you motivated throughout the process. And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over the occasional slip. You’re doing the best you can. 

5. Stick to it.

Research suggests that it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit– and six months for it to become an integral part of who you are as a person. In other words, meeting your resolution won’t happen overnight; it’ll take some time, so be persistent. And if you somehow don’t meet your goal or decide you’re not up for it anymore? Don’t fret: Simply start over again. The first day of January isn’t the only time you can set a goal for yourself– every day is. 

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