2016, New Year

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Like a Pro

Nobody likes or believes that guy who goes on and on about how he is going to hit the gym, travel the country or experiment freely with his facial hair in 2016. Don’t be pegged for a tool before the year even begins– instead take things piece-by-piece and follow these simple tips to ensure the success of those big resolutions on your mind.

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TAG TEAM IT

Partner up and be held accountable for what you promise. Find a co-worker, friend or family member who wants to be your gym buddy or someone who wants to quit smoking too.

Make sure it’s someone you feel comfortable talking with, even if it means discussing lapses and failures. Encourage each other to keep going. No flakes allowed.

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SET GOAL CHECKPOINTS

Saying that you are going to drop 50 pounds in three months is a tall order even for the biggest fitness fanatic. Instead divide your goal up into milestones: lose 10 pounds in five weeks. Go down a pant size by next month. It may seem like you’re playing in the pee wee leagues, but if you build your confidence up early on, you will have more reason to keep going.

HAVE A REWARDS SYSTEM

If you bring  a healthy lunch to work for the entire week, say that you’re allowed to eat out once on the weekend. If you hit the gym three days in a row, give yourself a day off. Finally cleaned up that half of the room that looks like a tornado hit it? Give yourself a couple of hours of Netflix binge time.

Don’t go overboard and start living for the rewards system. This may be a good thing to get your resolution buddy on board with too. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

BE REALISTIC

This isn’t a Miss America pageant– nobody is going to believe you when you spout off all these optimistic goals  trying to look like the best person in the room. Yeah, yeah, we all say that we’re going to be more patient, loving and better in the new year, but who has time for any of that crap? The world is a busy and crazy place!

Whatever it is you want to do for a resolution, do it for you. Make sure that you are the one getting the most out of it, and you’re not doing something for other people. It’s fine to say things like “I want to spent more time with…” or have other altruistic intentions, but be prepared to put your money where your mouth is. People are the most critical and cynical about these kind of promises.

Remember, your goals are your own and only you can make them happen. Don’t give nay-sayers the time of day. Keep working towards your resolution. If you get worn out, give yourself a breather, but don’t give up. Just be honest about how much effort you want to put into it.

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