3 Simple Steps to Keeping your Resolutions

Happy New Year, Friends! 2019 is here (whether you wanted it or not!) and I could not be more excited!

Now, let me preface this entire post with this - I don't believe you need a new year to start a new resolution. I am a big fan of Mondays - shocking, I know - but I treat Monday's as a fresh start, a clean slate, a day that you can start changing your habits. On Mondays, I set expectations for what I want to accomplish throughout the week - like, I want to have dinner at home two times or I want to go to the gym 3 mornings this week. I know I am digressing - but I think that it is a point worth proving. Even if you fail to reach your resolution the first time, next Monday try it again. And keep trying until you are where you want to be.

OK- so if you couldn't tell from the previous paragraph, I am a huge goal person. I love setting little goals for myself (like flossing my teeth every day) and making sure I accomplish them. I have set some goals for myself for this year and I thought I would help share tips that keep me on track to accomplishing them. I read a stat that said 80% of new years resolutions are not kept - and I am here to help you be part of the 20%!

1. Choosing a resolution that is too big. I know, I know - you have always been taught to dream big! And I am a REALLY big dreamer - but if your resolution is too big - you are less likely to actually achieve it because it seems too scary! Break your resolution down into achievable parts. So, for example, if your resolution is to lose 50 pounds - try breaking it down into segments like go to the gym 3 days a week or eat a salad for lunch twice a week. I'm not saying you need to dream small, but you need to set up your goal into small steps that you can achieve and then CELEBRATE those small achievements! Last year, JW and I wanted to save an extra XYZ amount each month. When we did that for four months in a row, we went out to Fazio's (our favorite place to dine. If you are in Charleston - you should def check them out!).

2. Tell your friends and family. If you write your goal down - or share it with your friends and family - you now have what I call an "accountability partner". All my life I have had a partner that kept me in check. I told my JW that I wanted to have 3,000 followers by the end of the year. You know what he did - he asked me every DAMN day (no joke) how many followers I had. And sometimes, he would even say things like "not sure you are going to make it" - which encouraged me to work harder building my following.

3. Set an end date. I'll be honest - I didn't think this tip was THAT important until I continuously kept putting my goals off. Like I said above, JW and I wanted to save an extra XYZ amount a month - and month after month we kept saying that we will start next month. You know what - we didn't actually start until we said we wanted to have that amount saved BY THE END OF THE YEAR. So, we gave our goal and end date and we hit it. It doesn't have to be a long term goal - it could be weekly - like "go the gym three times a week" then when you get to Wednesday and haven't gone to the gym at all - you know what you need to do. LOL :)

I hope these are helpful for you! These are all tips that have worked for me over the years and of course, had to share the good info with ya'll! Let me know what you think - and definitely share your resolution with me! I'm happy to be your accountability partner!

Lets make this year count. XO.