• Dr. Stuart Wellness

Making Resolutions Stick In 2020


We’ve made it to 2020!!

Another year, another decade, another beginning.

Another January when we either make resolutions or don’t bother because we can’t get them to stick.

So how do we get those resolutions to stick? How do we achieve our goals and get to that point where we look at, or within ourselves and acknowledge- “I did it!”

To get our resolutions to stick we simply must COMMIT. How determined you are to achieve a goal plays a major role in if you actually accomplish it.

Here are a few tips to help you commit to achieving your resolutions in 2020.

1. Flexible, Manageable Resolutions

Are your resolutions doable when you are super busy or super stressed? Promising to go to the gym every day of the work week may not be realistic. Promising to practice 75 mins of yoga every afternoon can be difficult when life starts demanding more of your time. Are you flexible when it comes to achieving your resolutions? Falling off track with our goals is common. Just remember it’s never too late to start again if you really want to achieve a goal.

2. Mini-Resolutions

Creating a healthy habit may be what we hope to achieve by making a new year’s resolution. The cool news is that it can take as little as 18 days for some of us to form a new habit. The bad news is that it can also take some of us up to 254 days to create the same habit. If you can’t commit for 6 months to achieving your resolution, can you commit to 3 or 4 weeks? Can you make your new resolution a priority for a short period of time? Mini resolutions allow us greater chance of success. With mini- resolutions we also get to see if the resolution is one we really want to, or can keep.

3. Resolution Rewards

Psychological hedonism states all human behaviour is driven by two factors- the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain. Do you take time to appreciate your small wins? Can you acknowledge any positive outcomes, from starting a New Year’s resolution (even if you don't quite achieve your goal)? Rewards can strengthen our commitments to achieving our resolutions. And let’s be honest, rewards feel good. Who doesn’t deserve a little bit of feel good for doing something good? :) Rewarding small wins can serve as impetus in achieving greater success.

4. Resolution Reminders

Creating a new habit can be difficult simply because we forget to do it. What better way to remember a new resolution than by giving yourself reminders? Sticky notes on the fridge or work area may work for you. Smartphone reminder apps are great paper free ways to remember a new resolution. A few well known reminder apps include Todoist, Wunderlist, Calender Notify and Ike. Google reminder apps for android or iphone to find out more about which app is best for you.

Whatever your resolutions I like to believe “if there is a will, there is a way”

Happy New Years Folks!

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