5 Amazing Ways to Stay Consistent with Your Resolutions
I’m willing to bet you have a laundry list of resolutions to get started on this January.
(If you haven’t set your resolutions yet, go back and read my previous blog post, How to Set Real Resolutions that Help You Thrive. Then come back here! I promise, it’ll be worth it.)
I’m not a big fan of dwelling on the past, but in this case, let’s do a quick glance back. How many of us kept our resolutions from last year? The year before?
Ok, raise your hand if you maybe let some of your resolutions slide. Don’t worry; I’m raising mine too!
This year, I have a (not so) secret to help your resolutions stick.
Here it is:
Even if you set the most butt-kicking, high-achieving, time-oriented, action-packed goals EVER, they won’t stick if you don’t stay consistent.
Struggling with consistency? Here are FIVE tips to use right away!
TIP 1: Set timelines and reminders to check in.
With everything you’ve got going on, how could you POSSIBLY remember to check in with your resolutions?
Luckily, you don’t have to! Use your favorite mobile device to hold you accountable.
All you need is a phone, computer, and a calendar application! (Google Calendars is simple and free.) Add weekly events to your calendar and turn notifications ON.
When the timer goes off, pause for literally ONE minute to reflect on your goals. This automated reminder will keep your resolutions top of mind.
Tip 2: Buddy up!
There’s a whole world out there of other people who need someone to hold them accountable, too.
That’s right, it’s time to buddy up.
In 2019, I joined an early morning workout group. We call it “The 6am Crew.” They kick my butt for sure, but that’s exactly what I needed to achieve my resolution of moving my body everyday in 2019.
It worked for me last year, and it will work for you this year, I promise!
Tip 3: Journal every-damn-day
At about the same time I decided to go for my resolutions, I started journaling every day, and I got super addicted.
Journaling helps me clear my mind and get real about my progress. When it’s just you and your notebook, there’s no lying. You’ll be able to be totally honest about your goals, without having to face the judgment of anyone else.
Not a writer? No problem! Try a sketchbook, notepad, or even talk-to-text on your smart phone! The important thing is to get it all out.
Tip 4: Find a mentor that speaks to you.
Remember, you are not the first person to set goals, and you won’t be the last! There are tons of people out there with lived experience in transforming lives.
When I was ready to make a positive change, I hired a life coach. She has pushed me to my limit and challenged me in ways I never expected. My life coach has absolutely helped me find consistency.
Not interested in hiring a life coach? Subscribe to a podcast by someone you admire, join a Facebook Group dedicated to professional development, or connect with a colleague who seems to “have it all.”
(But don’t forget, no one really has it all. We are ALL on a journey.)
TIP 5: Remember your impact!
This tip is short, simple, and SO important.
Remember that you are a leader. Others are looking to YOU as an example. You have an impact. Your consistent self-improvement makes a difference in the lives of everyone around you.
Make that difference a good one.
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? I’m here to hold you accountable. Share your hopes and dreams with whole tribe on Instagram @missmarthap!