As we approach the end of January, here are some tips from bp Magazine to keep your New Year's resolutions going strong. Consider these strategies from influential psychologist Alan Marlatt, Ph.D, and other mental health experts.
- Watch your language. Frame your resolution in the positive: "I will give myself the gift of fresh lungs" rather than, "I'll quit smoking." Avoid absolutes like "all," "none," "never" or "always" which leave no flex room.
- Stay inspired. Write your resolution on an index card. Add three reasons why it matters to you. Post the note prominently and read it aloud to yourself daily.
- Expect setbacks. Lasting change happens slowly and slips are inevitable. If you don't fully achieve your goal, don't count that as failure. Celebrate any progress and keep moving forward.