How to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions on #DitchDay

By Alia Hurst

Overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions can be tricky to follow through with for an extended amount of time. In fact, studies show that only 9 percent of people actually keep their resolutions past the middle of January. Are you considering ditching yours? To keep yourself from getting overwhelmed, set small and achievable goals that are connected to positive change. Below are some tips on how to make consistent strides in order to find success today.

1. Focus on the process, not the result

Instead of declaring, “I am going to have an organized closet,” think of smaller steps that are going to get you there.  For example, place a box on the floor of your space to be dedicated to donations. When you go through your closet, ask yourself if you wear these items and consider donating them to be worn by someone else. 

2. Set yourself up for success

Make your goal achievable in the short term. You don’t have to reorganize and redecorate your entire home; narrow your “to-do” list by working on one small area (like a desk or a closet) at a time. Doing so will give you a feeling of accomplishment that will motivate you to do more!

3. Connect to your core values

When your personal goal aligns with a cause you care about, you’ll find extra motivation to persevere. For example, donating your used clothing and household goods to Goodwill gives you the satisfaction of helping your fellow community members to attain vital job skills, explore employment opportunities and make a positive social impact. 

4. Find meaningful reasons to change

Being satisfied with who you are, what you do and how you impact people, is what matters. If you aren’t genuinely satisfied, change for that reason and not because a new calendar year has begun. It is important to realize that you can change at any point at any time. Your habits will only change if you put in the work and find the motivation to do so.

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