The secrets to *actually* keeping your New Year's resolutions


Most of us will make New Year's resolutions tomorrow night...but most of us also won't keep them for very long. Studies have shown that almost 80 percent of rezzies fail. Yikes. That doesn't mean you shouldn't make them, though (and show 'em off on these cute caps, too!). Instead, follow one (or all) of these tips to ensure your goals last a little longer than the ball drop on NYE.

Be specific. Writing rezzies like "I'm going to love myself" or "I want to be more outgoing" are great, but also pretty tough to measure and accomplish. Break it down into smaller bits. For example, will you love yourself by not using the phrase "I'm fat" at all this year or by carving out 15 minutes of you-time everyday? Or will you be more outgoing by talking to one new person a week or joining the debate club?

Tell your friends. Unless it's super personal, sharing your resolution with your BFF or your mom can keep you accountable. If they know your goal is to stop biting your nails, they'll give you a slap on the hand the next time you do it. That way if you forget your resolution or just aren't feeling really optimistic about it, they'll be there to give you a boost. 

Make it a "start" instead of a "stop". So many of our resolutions tend to be focused on negatives, like what we need to stop doing. They're about cutting things out of our life. And that doesn't exactly sound like fun, which makes it tough for us to stay motivated. Change the way you think of your rezzie and think about adding in good things to your life instead of taking away. Don't plan to never eat junk food again...instead, plan to eat more veggies each day. Simply re-framing the way you write your resolution can inspire you more and make you actually *want* to do it.

Download an app. Chances are you're rarely without your phone. So using an app to keep track of your resolutions will also, well, help you stay on track. You can even try one like Stickk that will cost you if you fail (you commit a certain amount of money upfront and, if you don't reach your goal, those dollars get donated to charity).

What New Year's resolutions are you making? Let us know below! 


by Amanda Tarlton | 12/29/2017
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