Believe it or not, it’s been more than a month (and almost two months, really!) since you asked the question, “What’s my resolution?”, as the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve. And that means that now is as good a time as any to check in on your New Year’s resolution to see whether or not you’ve been sticking to it.
If you’ve struggled to stick to your resolution, you should know that you’re not alone. About 80 percent of Americans fail to make it past February without breaking their New Year’s resolutions.
But regardless of where you stand, you shouldn’t pass up on this opportunity to take a look at how your resolution is going and what you can do to stick to it if you’ve started to lose your way. Here is how to check in on the goals you set for yourself on January 1.
Remember Your New Year’s Resolution
If you’ve done a great job sticking to your New Year’s resolution, you won’t have any trouble remembering what it was. But if you’ve had a tough time keeping up with your New Year’s resolution, it might already be a distant memory.
Remember what it was and write it down on a piece of paper. Whether you made a resolution to lose weight, get more sleep every night, or set aside more money in your savings account, it’s important to think back to what your New Year’s resolution was and why it was so meaningful to you in the moment.
Think About If You’ve Stuck to It
Once you write down your New Year’s resolution to remind yourself about what it was, the next order of business will be to determine if you’ve stuck to it since the start of January.
Did you lose the 25 pounds that you said you were going to lose? Did you begin going to bed at 10 p.m. every night so that you could get a full eight hours of sleep? Did you set your checking account to move 10 percent of your paycheck into your savings account every two weeks?
You set some kind of goal for yourself at the turn of the year. You should take the time to think about if you’ve stuck to your resolution or not.
Figure Out Where It Went Wrong
If you find that you did not stick with your New Year’s resolution for more than a few weeks, the next thing you’ll want to do is try to pinpoint where your resolution went wrong.
Maybe you struggled to lose weight because getting out of bed every morning to go to the gym was harder than you thought it would be. Maybe you fell in love with one too many Netflix shows in February and never got on a good sleeping schedule. Or maybe your car broke down recently and wiped out whatever savings you had started to set aside.
It’s your job to dig deep and learn why you were unable to stick with your New Year’s resolution. It might help you get things back on track in the coming months.
Consider What You Could Be Doing Better
Whether you stuck with your New Year’s resolution or not, you’ll find that there are things you could be doing better to hit the goals you set. Identify the things you can change to get better results moving forward.
For example, you might be going to the gym every day to lose weight but not eating the healthiest diet possible. That could be causing you to pack on pounds instead of losing weight like you intended.
Or you might be eating dinner too late after work and not leaving yourself enough “chill” time at night, thus causing you to stay up way later than you would like. By switching up your nighttime routine a little, you can make a 10 p.m. bedtime more manageable.
There is always room for improvement in every area of life. Find out where you can improve when it comes to sticking with your New Year’s resolution.
Stop Being So Hard on Yourself
A lot of people lose sight of their New Year’s resolutions for a few days or even a few weeks and then give up on them. They consider their attempt to change a failure and tell themselves that they don’t even know why they bother.
If you’re someone who does this, cut yourself some slack! So what if you didn’t stick to your New Year’s resolution every single day since January started? You can still work towards whatever goals you set and achieve them.
Set New Goals and Strive to Hit Them
Many people are under the impression that they can only make resolutions for themselves on New Year’s Day. And if those resolutions don’t work out? Oh well, there’s always next year, right?
Instead of taking this approach, take a step back and set a series of new goals for yourself and work towards hitting them between now and the end of the year. There is still plenty of time to lose weight, sleep more, or fill your savings account before 2020 hits.
What’s My Resolution? That’s for You to Decide
Close your eyes and ask yourself the question, “What’s my resolution?” Think about the different things that come to mind and consider what changes you want to make in your life.
You might doubt your ability to make certain changes, but you’re a lot stronger than you think. If you put your mind to it and have confidence in yourself, you can achieve the impossible and start living your best life in no time.
The key is to believe in yourself and pursue the things that make you the most passionate. When you do that, you’ll give yourself a much better chance to succeed.
Enroll in our personal development courses to learn how to set bigger goals for yourself and hit them.