If you’re still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, congratulations. If you’re falling behind, however, welcome to the crowd! You are not alone! If you’d like to get back on track, here are five tips that can help.
- Get inspired! Find someone you know who has stuck to a resolution over the long term. Ask them about their journey, and find hope in their success.
- Read a book. The book, “The Four Disciplines of Execution” ( The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney (goodreads.com) ) explains how to identify and adopt the habits that will help you attain your most important goals.
- Re-evaluate. Have you discovered that some of the resolutions you made aren’t perhaps as important as you at first thought? Or were they not having the intended results back when you were sticking to them? If so, maybe it’s time to take a resolution or two off your list. You can either replace them with ones that are more appropriate, or use that extra energy to focus on the ones that really matter.
- Write it down. Keeping track of your habits, either on a paper “habit tracking” form, or on a habit-tracking app ( for app reviews, check out this article: 22 Best Habit Tracking Apps You Need in 2021 (lifehack.org) ), will help you see which resolutions you’re doing well on, and which ones you need to work harder to follow. If you’re a list maker who loves to check off “to do” items, this may be just the inspiration you need to get back on track.
- Pat yourself on the back. Once you realize where your success is, take time to appreciate the resolutions that you’ve kept, or at least kept sight of. Changing your own behavior is much more difficult than identifying the behavior you need to change. If you can adopt even one really good habit, or eliminate one really bad habit, in a year, you’ll have made a big difference in your life by the time the year is up.