Whether you take your New Year's resolutions seriously or you haven't really attempted them before, here's a few pieces of advice to help you make 2019 your year.

I'm sure you've heard it over and over and over again, most people give up on their New Year's resolutions within the first month. That's pretty sad especially if you're REALLY, honestly trying to improve your life and improve yourself.

So if you're making New Year's resolutions this year (and I think you should - we could all better ourselves in one way or another), here are a few tips and tricks to help you stick to those resolutions for the entire year:

First of all, set realistic resolutions. Before you can even try at those resolutions, you should make sure it's something worth doing. If it's too simple, then there's really no point - you're not bettering yourself. And if it's too far out there, you're going to fail, get discouraged, and give up. Let's say, instead of a resolution to drop 50 pounds, you give yourself the goal of going to the gym at least three times a week. Or maybe instead of "be a kinder person" you get more specific and say "do an act of kindness at least once a week."

Second, focus on a few improvements. Don't overdo it, trying to change every aspect of your life. Stick to the most important things you want to accomplish. This is right there with setting realistic resolutions.

After you've set a few, realistic resolutions, you need to keep track of those resolutions. Write them down someplace where you'll see them daily (or almost every day). If you don't write them down or they're not someplace obvious, you'll easily forget you made those goals. Even if it's something you won't actually forget, having that constant reminder will help you stay focused on reaching those goals.

Alright, you've got your goals, you've written them down, now you should make a plan. Resolutions aren't wishes, you're going to have to work hard to make them happen. If your resolution was to start working out three times a week, maybe start a plan with "I'm going to work out on Saturdays for a month, then add another day," or maybe "I'm going to buy a gym membership on January 2nd so I feel obligated to workout." Whatever you have to do to reach your goal, start writing out those steps.

The last thing you need to remember when it comes to New Year's resolutions is don't give up! I'm sure you've heard it a hundred times and it's easier said than done, but if you followed the last four steps, giving up shouldn't be an option for you. Everyone falls of the wagon at one point or another. Even if you fall off the wagon and lay on the ground for a whole month, get back up and keep pushing toward that goal. Once you accomplish your New Year's resolutions you'll remember why you tried SO hard in the first place. It really is, all worth it.

Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions! Stick to them and make 2019 your year.



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