Make 2019 the year you keep your resolutions

A woman and a man jog in an urban setting. They made a new year's resolution to get more exercise.

It’s almost the end of the year. That means the annual New Year’s resolution stress has arrived. If you’ve never successfully kept one, you’re in good company. Statistics say only about 8 percent of people do.

But don’t focus on that, focus on ideas for making the resolutions work. There are plenty of strategies to choose from. We selected a few to help you determine what will work for you.

Here are four tips to make 2019 the year you finally keep all the resolutions you make.

1. Make a plan

Whatever your goal, planning is the first step to getting it done. You can’t just jump out of bed Jan. 1 and start eating better if you’re your home is still filled with sweets and treats from the holidays.

You need to spend time writing a plan and outlining how you will keep your resolutions. Writing it out makes it real and shows you there is a path to success.

Want to lose weight? Choose a weight loss program based on research, like the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ plan, and figure out how it will work in your schedule. Make shopping lists and meal plans for a few weeks to help you get started and devise a plan to track your progress.

There are a lot of mobile apps to help with this, including the free one supporting the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ plan. Not only does it monitor your progress, it offers personalized advice and guidance based on that progress and ongoing surveys used to identify your biggest challenges.

If you simply want to eat healthier or cut down on animal protein, make a list of healthy foods you need, including other healthy proteins, and stock up. Make a “Do not buy” list, too.

2. Size matters

Aiming for 10 resolutions is crazy. Shooting for five is a little less crazy. The fewer you have the better your chances for success.

Resolutions are typically major lifestyle changes and those are not easy to accomplish. Keeping just one for an entire year should make you proud. Think quality over quantity.

A woman takes notes on a yellow legal pad surrounded by sticky notes and a package of BodyKey Slim Popcorn

3. Reminders help

Get some fun sticky notes and write yourself reminders and motivating messages. Post them where you’ll see them every day, like your bathroom mirror, the fridge, or the back door.

Giving up ice cream for the year? Put one on the freezer. Committing to skipping fast food? Post a reminder on your dashboard to help you avoid the temptation of the drive-thru. Are you setting a goal to save money? Post something on your wallet, purse or credit card.

Think about your weak spots and post a note to give you a boost. You could even give some blank ones to your family and invite them to help you with their own messages.

4. Mind control

You’ve got your plan, you’ve made a manageable list and you’ve posted your reminders. Now it’s time to put your mind to it.

That’s where your will power is and that will make or break your resolutions. Good news! There are steps you can take to strengthen your resolve, and they have other benefits, too.

Studies have shown that expressing gratitude, feeling pride over accomplishments and having compassion for others can help with your self-control.

So, when you’re at step one and forming your plan to achieve your resolutions for the year, make sure to include regular opportunities to practice gratitude, set smaller, incremental goals you can celebrate along the way, and look for ways to help others, whether it’s your friends and family, or volunteering for those in need.

Follow these tips to help start 2019 off on the right foot. And if, after six months, you find yourself struggling or maybe you have already given up, don’t worry. Just start again! Click here for tips to get back on track.

Helpful products

Nutrilite offers several products to help with many New Year’s Resolutions. Here are a few to consider:

Check out other Amway products at Amway.com and good luck with your New Year’s resolutions!

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