It’s not even the end of January and there is no doubt a whole bunch of you who have already broken their new year resolutions. Whether you resolved to lose weight and just sucked down a triple cheeseburger and washed that down with a double milkshake or vowed to eat fewer sweets to reduce the number of times you have to visit your Torrance dentist and just opened a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, we all need better ways in which to reach our goals.

The reason why you can’t seem to keep your resolutions is not because you are lazy or have no focus, it’s because you don’t have a cunning plan. What you need are a few tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions.

Write It Down

Grab an ink pen or a Sharpie and write those resolutions on a piece of paper. You can even type them out on your computer and print it out. You see, seeing your resolutions clearly articulated on paper can have a tremendous effect on your commitment to them. It is, of course, all psychological, but if it works then go for it.

Be Specific

Don’t just resolve to get into better shape, break it down by what you will do to get into better shape. And don’t stop there, if you plan on losing weight, set a certain weight goal. When goals are measurable, relevant and achievable, you will have an easier time reaching them.

Be Patient

You might start off with rapid gains, but then hit a rut three or four weeks into the new year or you might start off slow, but gain momentum as the year progresses. Either way, your goals will take time to reach, so be patient and take the gains and setbacks in stride.

There Can Only Be One

If you go about trying to change all the negative things about your lifestyle all at once, you are almost destined to fail. Pick just one thing at a time and focus on changing that area of your life. You might want to lose weight, quit smoking and curtail your alcohol consumption, but doing all of these at once will only lead to disaster.

Anticipate Problems

Regardless what your resolutions are, they are not easy goals to reach. Don’t go into this thinking it’s a piece of cake, because it’s not. Go into this knowing you will stumble and there will be setbacks. This way, when things go sideways, you are better prepared for it. Once you have identified that times will be rough on occasion, you will cope with them much better.

Accept Failure

If you sneak a cigarette or hide a Big Mac in your mouth, don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of what triggered the setback and learn a lesson from it.

Plan Rewards

As you go through this journey of making yourself a better person, it is quite alright to treat yourself to small rewards. In fact, rewards can serve as motivation.