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How to Keep Your Resolutions

January 11, 2017
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We are officially in the double digits of days into 2017.  Many of you set resolutions for the year. Some of you refuse to use “resolutions” and, instead, set goals for yourself.  Others avoid setting new year goals altogether because they are afraid of setting themselves up for failure.  Here are six tips to help you keep your resolutions in 2017.

Start with specific, clear, measurable goals

The first step of attaining your resolutions is to set specific, clear, and measurable goals.  If you have already written out resolutions for the year, verify that they are specifically written.  On the other hand, if you haven’t already written out goals, think of 2-3 things you would like to improve on this year.

Non-specific goal: Lose weight

Specific, clear, measurable goal: Lose 10 lbs. by March

Non-specific goal: Avoid sweets

Specific, clear, measurable goal: Limit sweets to 3 days a week or less in 2017

Non-specific goal: Workout and tone up

Specific, clear, measurable goal: Get in a workout routine and workout for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a  week

Accountability

Once you have your goal(s) set, share it!  Share your goals with your family or friends, so that you will have someone to help keep you accountable.  When you feel tempted to give up, feel discouraged, or even made progress towards your goal- you will have someone to talk to.

This year, I shared my goals for 2017 with all of you, however I also have people that know my specific goals and will help me in the right direction.  Many of my friends share similar goals, so we can work together to hold each other accountable.

Schedule check-in dates

If you have someone who is helping hold you accountable, pre-schedule several dates throughout the year to check-in with each other.  You can determine the timeline for these dates, and they can be as frequently as you want.  It helps to check in on your progress at least every 3-4 months and adjust and celebrate your goals as needed as needed.

Another way to check-in on your progress is to schedule phone reminders at the first of the month.  This can be as simple as a monthly note that says “how are you working towards your goals this month?”

Set reminders

Motivate yourself by writing down your goals and placing them in convenient spots around your house.  Put a motivational note on your fridge, bathroom mirror, day planner, or phone background.  If you see your goal written out once a day, you will be more likely to keep it.

Don’t give up

Reality is, it won’t be sunshine every week and you may fail.  When you do, don’t give up.  Figure out what went wrong and fix it.  You may have to rewrite your goal, change the completion date, or schedule more check-in dates.  One little mess up won’t ruin your year.

Celebrate successes

On the other hand, you can use your check-ins to celebrate successes.  You can celebrate with small rewards when you reach a milestone or keep it up for an extended amount of time.  For example, every month I successfully do my weekly morning workouts, I will buy myself a new workout tank top.

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What tips do you use to keep your resolutions?  How will you celebrate your successes this year? Leave me a comment below.

  • Leighann January 11, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Great idea about accountability and check in dates! I find that if I let friends or family know about something, I’m 100 times more likely to do it!

    • Jessica January 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Yes! There’s something about letting someone besides myself down that motivates me.

  • Samantha @ Momma Wants Java January 11, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Check-ins are totally necessary. I try to revisit my goals list at least once a month to see where I’m at and how I’ve been doing. And I’m all about the rewards!

    • Jessica January 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

      You’re doing it right! The rewards are the best part.

  • Katie Kinsley January 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Perfect – measurable! I read so many posts on people discussing their New Year’s resolutions, but their lists seem flat because they are not measurable successes! For example, I can’t say I want to lose weight because I know I’m not holding myself accountable. If I say I want to lose one pound per week, then I’ve put in the work for a measurable feat. Thanks!

    • Jessica January 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Of course! I get disappointed when I see non-specific, unmeasurable goals too. You’ve got the right idea!

  • Sara January 11, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Such great advice. I always try and think in realistic terms. I don’t like setting myself up to fail, and I think sometimes, we don’t understand our own limitations (especially when we’re talking weight loss). I also love a period of evaluation and assessment at the end of the year to better understand (and appreciate) where I succeeded and failed so that I go into the new year with a better understanding of what is possible!

    • Jessica January 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Yes. I love that. It’s important to look back over the year and see how to improve next year. I am all about getting better every year. 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks January 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Awesome tips, Jessica! I love the one about setting measurable goals. That’s something that has completely changed the way I look at resolutions, and has definitely impacted me being able to stick to them. I can’t wait to see you ROCK yours this year!

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks girl. Right back at you. It’s going to be a great year!

  • Melissa Blake January 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Great tips! My problem is always that I don’t make resolutions specific enough!!

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yes. That is such a common problem. Making them more specific does make a huge difference. 🙂

  • Bria | Tendril Wild Blog January 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    This post is seriously SO helpful, Jessica! There are many different elements that come into play when you’re trying to figure out and stick to goals that will last longer than a week (ha!). I’ve recently starting outlining some of my goals for 2017, and I’m making sure each one is a S M A R T goal (Specific, Measurable, Agreed/Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound).

    I also really like the idea of scheduling check-in dates. That’s something I hadn’t thought to do, but I could see where it would be super helpful and could keep you on the right track (or show you where you might need to change your goal strategy.

    Great tips. 🙂

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    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you, dear! Love the SMART acronym for goals!! Have a great week!

  • Rochelle January 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    These are great tips! I mostly just write down my goals, log tiny successes along the way that motivate me, and then feel proud at the end of the goal if I accomplish it. I could certainly benefit from a tribe of like-minded women who could keep me accountable.

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      That sounds like a great plan! You are going to do great this year.

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health January 12, 2017 at 4:38 am

    celebrating success, no matter how big or small can really keep the motivation going..

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Absolutely! It’s something we sometimes forget to do, but it’s so helpful!

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. January 12, 2017 at 5:22 am

    SMART goals are key, for sure!! I’m looking forward to checking in on my monthly goals every four weeks. The frequent check-ins will hold me accountable!

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Absolutely! I can’t wait to read them and help encourage you!

  • Hanna Smith January 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Great tips! Especially the “check in” idea! I love that!

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, Hanna!

  • Rochelle Valle January 12, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Love all these tips. The accountability and not giving up is on point!

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you, Rochelle. They are both very important.

  • Lexi January 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    These are great tips! I have a couple goals that aren’t super specific and I need to figure out what exactly I want to accomplish with them.

    • Jessica January 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Yes. Once you do, you will find it’s much easier to measure your progress.