It’s almost the end of the first month of 2013, so it’s time to check in – have you been sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? While I always have the best intentions towards doing them, I’m sure I’m not alone in letting them fall by the wayside as life gets busy. Whether it’s eating healthier, working out, being cleaner, staying on budget, or making the effort to see your sisters more often, there’s always an excuse as to why you can put it off until tomorrow until you forget your goals completely!

This year, I’ve made the decision to stick to my guns and make my resolutions last. And here’s how to do it:

1) Find a friend to do them with. My first New Year’s resolution this year is to get more in shape. It’s a pretty common one, but hard to argue with the need to work out more and eat healthier. It’s been almost a month and I’m feeling fantastic – I have more energy, feel happier, and loose clothing is a great excuse to go shopping! But the real secret to my success so far is that I have my sisters by my side. Two of my pledge sisters with the same resolution have been by my side every step of the way – we’ll even text each other pictures of our lunches and share meal tips! Not to mention how much easier it is to go to the gym when you have a buddy to join you. While my resolution wouldn’t be impossible to do without them, having a support group can make all the difference in achieving your goal.

2) Make your goals attainable. If you don’t have realistic, measurable goals, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. As exciting as resolutions like “do something that scares you” or “take more chances” are, they tend to lack follow through since they’re so ambiguous. Instead, choose something (or a couple things) within that theme that are concrete and make a plan for getting them done. My second New Year’s resolution is to go skydiving. Yes, it sounds exciting, but despite my bravado when discussing the endeavor with my friends, I’m pretty terrified of heights. But instead of just setting my goal to “do something crazy,” I’m planning to set a date for my bucket list adventure once the weather’s warm enough to do so.

3) Write them down. This might sound silly, but it’s amazing how much easier it is to stick to your goals when you have a daily reminder. Whether that means setting reoccurring alerts on your phone, putting Post-its on your mirror, or posting resolution updates on Facebook, figure out a way that works for you to stay accountable. One of my goals as part of my getting fit resolution is to drink more water – so I bought a Costco pack of water bottles and have them strategically placed at work and at home so that goal will always be top of mind!

4) Be positive. The one thing I hate about resolutions is that it can make people feel down about themselves, especially if they haven’t achieved their goals from last year. While reflecting on what you want to change about last year is a good place to start when deciding your resolutions, there’s no reason to feel bad or dwell. Goals take time to accomplish, and starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. Sometimes negativity comes when your goals are too big – it’s easy to look at an enormous task and decide to give up rather than give it a chance. Instead, reward small milestones!

So what are your resolutions for 2013? And how have you kept to them? Share your tips in the comments below. I, for one, could use all the support and extra motivation I can get!

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One Response to Staying Resolute About Your Resolutions

  1. Teri Centner Teri Centner says:

    Having a sister by your side is no joke! It’s because of sorority sister Crystal White that I did my first marathon. And without that one, I never would have done five more either!

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