Five Easy Steps to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Fitness tracking and social networking platform, Strava, analyzed user data to determine that the third Sunday in January is the day most users give up on their New Year’s resolution.

It just so happens the third Sunday, dubbed Quitter’s Day, was this past Sunday, January 17. If you’re still working on your resolution, you’ve made it further than most! If you fell prey to Quitter’s Day, it’s not too late to pick it back up.

Whether you’re still going strong or starting with a clean slate, here are five easy ways to successfully stick to your New Year’s resolution:

1. Create measurable goals and checkpoints – It’s great to have ambitious resolutions, but it can also feel overwhelming. Avoid feeling discouraged by breaking your resolution down into smaller steps. Reaching little checkpoints along the way will help you continuously feel accomplished as you work toward your ultimate goal.

2. Pen to paper – Writing down your goals will make them feel more tangible, helping to keep you accountable and track your progress. For bonus motivation, use sticky notes to hang up your goals in a place where you will see them often.

3. Schedule it in – When trying to establish a new habit, it’s easy to get caught up in your daily routine and forget. Whether you have to set a reminder on your phone or write it in your planner, be sure to intentionally set aside time in your day to focus on your resolution.

4. Be patient – Changing aspects of your routine or lifestyle will take time to get used to. Adjustment may not come overnight, and that’s okay. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not seeing immediate improvement. Be kind and gracious to yourself as you grow.

5. Practice gratitude – It’s all too easy to get bogged down by what you have not yet attained, but there’s so much in life we often take
for granted. If your goal is to start running, start with being grateful for your able body and the support it gives you to get up and move each day. It sounds so simple, but not everyone enjoys the privilege of getting out of bed and walking. Don’t get so focused on what you want to change that you forget to enjoy the beauty of what you already have!