Ditch the Resolutions: Four Steps to Create Habits that Stick

Ditch the Resolutions: Four Steps to Create Habits that Stick

January 16, 2024

Research suggests that around 80% of people abandon their resolutions within the first few months of the year. Instead of setting yourself up for disappointment with grand, sweeping goals, why not try a different approach for the new year? Here are four ways to create habits that stick so you can achieve your goals, one step at a time.

1. Invest in the Tools You Need to Succeed:

Want to get back into running? A new pair of shoes can set you up for success. Need a low-sugar treat alternative so you stay on track with your nutrition goals? Make sure you have some on hand. Want to read more books in a year? Ask for recommendations from friends, and better yet, ask if they can borrow you a copy! Invest in the things you need to make your new routine as easy as possible.

2. Establish Habits One at a Time:

Building positive habits is the key to lasting change. Focus on one habit at a time and incorporate it into your daily routine. Consistency is key- once that habit is easy to do, add another one. Before you know it you'll be making significant progress towards your goals.

3. Incorporate Affirmations

It might take you a long time to get to where you want to be with a specific goal. Oftentimes this delayed gratification can cause us to give up. Try to shift your mindset. Affirm the choices you made today by telling yourself: "I prioritized my health today." or "Today I am helping my future self."

4. Set Yourself up for Success:

Set out your workout clothes or morning vitamins the night before. Love checklists? Write down the habit you are working on so you have the satisfaction of crossing it off your list after you do it each day. We all have setbacks and off days, but don't beat yourself up. Instead, get back on track without judgment. Remember that progress, not perfection, is the goal!

Put away that list of lofty resolutions and start thinking about small, achievable habits you can incorporate today to set yourself up for success tomorrow.