6 Ways to Make Your New Years Resolutions-Stick

A Better Way of Ringing in the New Year

For many people, kicking off the New Year with resolutions is a feel-good tradition that’s really just a waste of time. Within weeks, if not days, those resolutions will be forgotten!

That’s the norm, but you don’t have to hang out with the herd. At least for this year. Start by embracing practicality for your first resolution. And you can do that by setting meaningful resolutions. Ones that you actually want to keep because the rewards are just so powerful and irresistible.

And when it comes to better maintaining and improving your health, essential. After all, totally politicized medicine is now baked in the cake for most Americans.

Chronic drug shortages, especially cancer treatments, are becoming more and more acute, and now there is no hope on the horizon for improvement in that area of concern.

Back to resolutions, the reason that most of them do not stick is because they involve changes you think you should do, not things you actually want to do. And that means that you’ll probably give up on them very quickly. Many of the usual resolutions are all about giving up something, and giving up something is tough. So this year, we’re setting resolutions in terms of something we want to gain.

We want you, too, to make at least one resolution that’s positive and easy to keep – you probably won’t be surprised to hear that we have a few suggestions! Let’s take a look at how you can flip some of the traditional New Year’s resolutions on their head and maybe actually stick to them this year… and enjoy it when you do.

Don’t Try to “Lose Weight”… Do This Instead

The number on your scale has less to do with how you look and feel than does your general level of fitness. Instead of fretting and stressing about losing a certain number of pounds this year, make a resolution to get fit and to have fun doing it. Losing weight seems like a national obsession every January. But since few diets work in the long term, we suggest you simply focus on being more active. Do that consistently and the pounds will start melting away before you know it.

Getting fit is easy if you make it fun. Think like a kid – go out and play! Try new things, spend more time outdoors. Go for a walk, dust off your tennis racket, shoot hoops at the YMCA or a neighborhood park.

You don’t have to get fit according to anyone’s designs but your own. Many classes are forming right now for indoor activities – ballroom dancing, yoga, zumba, you name it.

One gym in our area has and indoor program called “Silver Sneakers.” The senior citizens who attend not only improve their strength, balance, and stamina, they make new friends and have a good time. It is far easier to make time for things you want to do than for things you think you ought to do.

Skip the Diet… Here’s a Better Way

Focusing on losing weight simply isn’t the best way to build a healthier body. And it’s usually not successful because it isn’t any fun. Human beings don’t tend to stick to things that require deprivation – especially when it comes to eating.

Rather than focus on cutting out foods you enjoy, start working in foods you enjoy that you know are good for you. One of the easiest ways to immediately improve your diet is to find one or two salad recipes you really like and one or two vegetable side dishes that make your mouth water. Pair these yummy veggie dishes with your favorite meat and a smaller serving of your favorite starch, and you’ll have an instantly healthier meal.

Another great and easy way to eat better is to find two or three good-for-you snacks that you look forward to eating – apples and peanut butter, yogurt and fruit, veggies and humus dip – and make sure you keep those in easy reach. Then instead of reaching for a bag of crackers or potato chips, you at least have another option that you know you’ll enjoy.

A Simple Resolution with Big Benefits
That’s a Snap to Keep

If you want an easy way to improve your health and your financial well being while also making you a happier person, I’ve got just the thing. Bear with us now! Make it a point to finish each day by thinking about three moments during the day that made you feel grateful. When you get in the habit of feeling grateful, a lot of good things happen…

  • Gratitude improves your health by reducing stress hormones and lowering blood pressure.
  • Gratitude improves your relationships.
  • Gratitude makes you more open to success in everything you do because you’ll be more willing to try new things and expect positive results.

Making a resolution to be more grateful is one that you can accomplish in five minutes a day, that is so easy to keep, and that can have tremendous impact on every aspect of your life. Give it a try.

Don’t Sabotage Yourself

Making positive changes this year can help you be a healthier, happier person. It’s definitely worthwhile to set good goals. But you should also set yourself up for success. Fortunately, that’s easy to do:

  • Don’t let a setback derail you – lots of people give up on their new goals as soon as they have one bad day. Remember that you’re human and you’ll have off days. Instead of giving up, reset your resolutions and get back on track.
  • Make a real commitment. If you’re making resolutions because it’s what you’re supposed to do this time of year, you probably won’t have a lot of success. Try focusing in on one change that’s really important to you and fully commit to it.
  • Note your progress. At the end of each day or week or whenever you’re feeling frustrated, think about your small successes – those tiny steps in the right direction toward your bigger goal.

Resolutions can be tough to keep, but with the right mindset and a real commitment, you can make changes – big and small – that will yield big results.