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Did you know that on average, very less number of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? each and every January we make pie-in-the-sky goals for the New Year ahead. only to give up come February. which is why the best month to join a gym is February… when it’s empty. Why then, will we still ride the crazy merry-go-round of pointless New Year’s resolutions? Is it possible to break free of this all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to our goals for the New Year? i think so. Here are some thoughtful New Year’s resolution ideas for 2019 that you can actually keep.

New Year’s Resolution ideas for 2019 you’ll actually Keep

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The most popular New Year’s resolutions people make (and then break) are:

• Lose Weight
• Get in shape
• Stop Smoking
• Quit Drinking Alcohol
• Eat Healthy
• Get Out of Debt
• Get Organized

Sound familiar? We’ve all made/quit at least one of these resolutions in the past.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar

I have nothing against New Year’s resolutions, goal-setting, and voluntary deadlines. Setting goals and deadlines can help keep us focused and active. unfortunately, it’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of new Year’s and go overboard by setting grandiose unrealistic goals for yourself.

I do, however, believe that when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we’ve been going about it all wrong. Here’s why.

• Our goals are often unrealistic (therefore not possible to attain)
• We set too many goals for ourselves all at once (instead of focusing on one at a time)
• We attempt to go “cold turkey” on our old habits
• Often, we fail to realize that new habits take time to develop (at least 66 consecutive days to be exact)
• We view January 1st as our only start date instead of realizing that every single day offers us a new beginning

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Here are four habits that will help you form new habits (by Leo Babauta).

In light of these discoveries, I propose a new way to do New Year’s resolutions. One that’s achievable, forgiving, open-ended, and realistic.

New Year’s Resolution ideas for 2018 {That you’ll Do every Single Day}

1.) start small (like really, really small)

Instead of vowing to lose 50 pounds by year’s end, commit to being more active today than you were yesterday. depending on your level of fitness, this will look different for everyone. for example, if going from the couch to the bathroom during commercial breaks is the most exercise you normally get in a day (speaking from experience, here), start with a walk around the block.

The next day, you’ll add another few steps to your walk or do a few sit-ups. The goal here is to build up a new habit little} by little until it becomes second nature.

Also, try to focus on one new habit at a time. After all,

You can do anything, but not everything. -David Allen

2.) Forgive Yourself

When you experience setbacks (and you will), don’t spend unnecessary energy dwelling on them. Beating yourself up for your perceived failures won’t help you succeed.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on the proverbial horse. If it helps, you’ll even say “I forgive you” out loud to yourself.

Why commit to a now or never list of new Year’s resolutions? once each day offers a new beginning. -Uncluttered Simplicity

3.) Be Consistent

As I said, a new habit will take upwards of sixty consecutive days to cultivate. Thankfully, there’s an area for error in this statistic. Missing daily or 2 here and there isn’t likely to throw off your magic.

Think about it tho’. how many times have you started an exercise program solely to prevent (for no matter reason)? after you try and decide it up again, doesn’t it appear to be it’s ten times harder the second time around?

That’s why, once you’re trying to form a brand new habit, it pays to be consistent.

Related: Free printable Habit tracker to help You achieve Your Goals

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4.) Celebrate small Wins

When you complete that initial walk around the block, then be sure to grant yourself a high-five. the next time you do it, you’ll reward yourself with a candle-lit bath. after 10 walks around the block treat yourself to a brand new combine of walking shoes.

Just be sure you keep your rewards/praise in line with the accomplishment. as an example, don’t reward yourself with a twinkie if your goal is to get in shape!

5.) Remember Your Reasons

When resolving to create a change for the higher, it’s vital for you to recollect your “why”. If your goal, as an example, is to turn, your list of “whys” could look something like this:

To look awesome in a little black dress
Have more energy to spend with your loved ones
To reduce medications/resolve health issues

6.) start Over (each and every day)

Rather than viewing resolutions as a yearly occurrence, imagine each day is January 1st. Let every day be a new beginning towards the lighter, cleaner, additional organized life you imagine yourself living.

And remember…

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day may be a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make during a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” —Mel Gibson

And hey, if Mel Gibson said it, then it should be true!

New Year’s Resolution ideas for 2019 and beyond…

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