Five Sure-Fire Ways to Stick with Resolutions Beyond January

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Posted on 01/30/2012

As we wrap up the first month of 2012, it’s time to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions. While they’re simple to make, they’re even easier to break. But with these five sure-fire ways to stick with your resolutions beyond January you can become one of the few who achieve the goals you started out with in 2012.


Find an Accountability Partner Going solo is a great way to set yourself up for resolution failure. But who has the time or money to find a coach or mentor? Thankfully StartaResolution.com makes this free and easy. Simply enter your resolution and get assigned a coach. In fact the person who signed up right before you will be your coach. Then you’ll help coach the person who signs up after you. Experts say an accountability partner can increase your chances of success by 78%.


Break Down the Big Goal
Now may be the time to tweak your goal. There’s nothing wrong with editing your resolution. If you realize you made it too vague or broad, (i.e. I want to lose weight) make it more specific. Set monthly benchmarks that will help you achieve your overall objective. Commit to working out five days a week or eliminating sugary drinks from your diet. Adding in these targets will help breathe new life into resolutions that may be sputtering out.


Put Something Big On the Line
Raise the stakes on your resolution with Aherk.com. Tell Aherk what your goal is and set a deadline. Upload a compromising picture of yourself that will be posted on Facebook if you fail. Of course, Aherk doesn’t just rely on your honesty about whether you completed your goal or not—it asks your Facebook friends to vote.


Get Daily Reminders
Life is busy and resolutions can easily get lost in the shuffle. Keep our goals at the top of your to-do list with daily motivation from the New Year Motivation app, on sale for $.99. Every day they’ll send you specially selected motivational and inspirational wisdom from great minds like Dale Carnegie, Anthony Robbins and Norman Vincent Peale.


Reward Yourself Now
Don’t wait until the end of the year to reward yourself—start now. If you made it through the entire month of January with your resolution in mind, then that deserves some recognition. Whether you pat yourself on the back with a slice of chocolate cake or a new video game is up to you. Just make sure it’s something that will keep you motivated.


By Alison Storm


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