The beginning of every new year marks the rise of a new wave hopeful individuals determined to keep their New Year’s resolutions. However, creating and keeping a new year’s resolution are two completely different things. Don’t worry about the ladder because Zagline is here to share some tips and tricks to help you stick to your resolution. By following our advice, you don’t become part of the pool of individuals who give up on their resolution by mid-February.

1. Keep Your Resolution Simple and Achievable

Instead of committing to participate in a Triathlon or climb Mt. Everest, focus on something you can work towards on the daily. It’s not to say that you’ll be unable to achieve such goals, but if you don’t know how to swim, participating in a Triathlon might be a little far reaching. Instead, focus on something on a daily scale like eating out less, becoming more active, or working on a passion project.

2. Keep Track of Your Progress and Set Deadlines

No one is going to keep you accountable for your goals if not yourself. Keep a journal and track your progress, doing so will give you a visual representation of your growth keeping you motivated and inspired. Setting periodic deadlines will give you enough pressure to commit to your resolution. After all the only person you’ll be disappointing if you don’t achieve your goal is yourself.

3. Reward Yourself

If you keep your deadlines and are actively working towards your goal, then be sure to reward yourself. By doing so, you’re conditioning yourself to associate your resolution with gratification.

4. Map Out Time for Your Resolution

Your resolution won’t just magically fit itself into your busy schedule instead, you should actively set aside time for it. This way you’ll never run into an issue or excuse of not having enough time to work on your objective because you’ll have allotted time specifically for that.

5. Have a Support System

Surrounding yourself with people who support your New Year’s resolution is essential. They can remind, motivate, and assist you in achieving your goal. For example, if your resolution is to go to the gym 5 times a week, it would be more encouraging if you had a gym buddy who would hold you accountable if you cancel.

6.  Don’t Give Up Even if You Have a Lapse

Even if you break your New Year’s Resolution 1 month, 6 months, or even 8 months into the year, it’s not an excuse to forgo all the progress you’ve previously made. For example, if your resolution was to go dairy-free for 2018, but you accidentally ate some cheese that’s not an excuse to start stuffing your face with dairy products. It’s important to acknowledge your mistake and continue moving forward.