7 things you should do to stick to your New Year's resolutions

If you’re looking for some actionable ways to reach your goals this year, here are 7 things you should do.

1. Get some help

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2. Build your willpower “muscle”

When you lift weights, you’re training a specific set of muscles and building their strength in the process. The same can be said for your New Year’s resolutions, and the willpower you must rely on to achieve them. If you’re focusing on cutting your weight down by 5 pounds over the next two months, your willpower to avoid all those sugary snacks is one of the most important factors to consider.

3. Find an accountability partner

According to lifehacker.com, having someone in your life who can hold you accountable can keep you on track to hit your goals. The idea of having an accountability partner is a common practice within many areas of life, but can be especially helpful if you’re hitting roadblocks in reaching personal goals. When you’re looking for an accountability partner, look for someone who can be honest, reliable and can help you set realistic consequences if you don’t reach your goals.

4. Keep it manageable

Remember last year when you made a resolution to go to the gym every morning? That might have been too big and generic of a goal to handle. This year, if your goal is to “become healthy again”, start small and make a resolution to go for a walk around the block once a week. Then next month, bump it up to twice a week, and gradually increase your goal.

5. Identify barriers

If you have a hard time sticking with your New Year’s resolutions, there are a few ideas writer Austin Frakt has for accomplishing your goals, and it starts with asking yourself two important questions. First, ask why you haven’t already created the goal, and secondly why you think you should create the goal. Frakt says the first question identifies the practical barrier which is preventing you from hitting the goal, and the second question is tied with the emotional barriers that you need to overcome.

6. Reward yourself

When I was a kid, my family used to all pile into the minivan to take a big road trip each summer to the lake. I remember it always took a long time to get there, but the time would go by fast because my siblings and I got to open a “gift” each hour. The gift was usually a travel game or coloring book. Rewarding yourself for reaching your small goals along the way is important because it helps you break down your resolution into manageable chunks, and gives you motivation to keep going.

7. Measure your results

Even though only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions, you don’t have to be part of that statistic. In an article on Forbest.com, John Norcross with the University of Scranton says “…if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.” One way to keep track of your metrics is to keep a daily journal and record your progress.

How do you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!