New Years Resolution Survival Guide: The Separation is in the Preparation

coffee and notepad with the text 2016 resolutions

We know you’re barely done digesting your Christmas cookies, but it’s time to start looking forward to 2016. The New Year brings new opportunities to start fresh, set goals for the year ahead and make positive, lasting changes in your life. But before you can starting working toward your New Years resolution, you need to find the right one.

Take some time to reflect on the last year. What would you have liked to have done differently? What was the biggest source of stress for you? What would you have liked to work on, but just didn’t find the time?

Now think forward: What are your goals for this coming year? What do you want to achieve? Get your ideas churning with 8 Ways to Make a Healthy New Years Resolution.

Coming up empty? We’ve got you! 20 Healthy New Years Resolutions You Should Make.

“I want to lose weight” is the most common New Years resolution, but it’s also the most broken one. Why? Because it’s not a SMART New Years Resolution. Making your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Sensitive) will better your chances of success by keeping you both accountable and motivated. Run your resolution through the SMART goal setting test to make sure it will work for you, and not against you.

So now you’ve got your goal for the year and it’s a SMART one. That’s step 1, but 99% of the battle is staying motivated once the ball has dropped and the streamers have stopped falling. Learn the skills to keep the momentum rolling: Maintaining the Momentum of New Years Resolutions. Staying motivated is a mind game, and you will always be your own biggest roadblock. Learn to stay out of your own way: Mind Over Matter Needed to Achieve Health Goals in the New Year.

And if you mess up? Cut yourself some slack. How you deal with a New Years Resolution setback is going to make all the difference.

It’s going to be tough, but we promise you it will be worth it. What do you have to look forward to once you achieve your resolution goal? You can finally move onto the next one! What Happens When You Succeed With a New Years Weight Loss Resolution

For more in our New Years Resolution Survival Guide series, also read:

New Year’s Resolution Survival Guide: Eat Healthy and Finally Lose the Weight

 New Years Resolution Survival Guide: Finally Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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