Every year, we have these grand ideas and plans of how we want the next 365 days to pan out. The problem? Usually by day 15 (or, heck, day 5), you’ve ditched those goals and settled for status quo.
But there is a reason you made your resolution in the first place—you wanted to grow, learn and continue to evolve. So in order to continue on that journey to self-discovery, commit (or in some cases, recommit) to actually keeping those resolutions this year.
Here are the three things you need to do to keep yourself accountable and those resolutions on track!
1—Write it out. Don’t just think about becoming more organized or wanting to be healthier, put those thoughts to paper. Studies show that by writing down goals individuals are significantly more likely to accomplish them. And don’t just be generic in those resolutions either. Write out an action plan on how you intend to accomplish your goals. So instead of simply saying you want to be a better cook, write out that you want to try a new recipe each week. (Photo via @loramb_)
2—Recruit friends. It takes a village to raise a child. And while your goals for the new year may not need diaper changes and midnight feedings, it doesn’t mean you should tackle your dreams solo. Share your goals and create a support system to help you achieve those resolutions. Besides, going to that 7 a.m. yoga class will be a whole heck of a lot easier if you it also means time with your BFF. (Photo via @hellogabrielle)
3—Forgive yourself. Evolving and growing isn’t an all or nothing process. Don’t let one slip up or even a purposeful cheat totally derail your overall plan to kick 2017’s butt! The journey is about balance. Compliment yourself when you do your laundry; forgive yourself when you leave that dirty towel on the bathroom floor. Savor each moment of success and splurge. Follow the 80/20 rule in all aspects of your life and, we promise, you’ll be 100% fine. (Photo via @biancacanales)