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Resolution Reset: Why Breaking Resolutions Can Be a Good Thing
3/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Resolution Reset

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being broken — especially by March. But slipping up doesn’t mean you should abandon your goals completely. Making mistakes is part of the process. In fact, your missteps might even help you honor your resolutions in the long run.

Here's How to Navigate Bumps Along the Way:

Embrace imperfection. 

It’s important to remember to be kind to yourself and not beat yourself up when things don’t go the way you planned. Research has shown that people with perfectionist tendencies are less successful at achieving their goals. If you slip-up, forgive yourself. Don’t worry about missing one day at the gym or an occasional overindulgence in sweets. Brush it off and move on with the same level of consistency. If you work harder every time you meet a bump in the road, it could lead to burnout.

Focus on what you’ve accomplished. 

Resolutions can help you step outside your comfort zone, so any movement in the direction of achieving a goal is positive. Consider all you have done to work toward a resolution that you might not have otherwise achieved. If you don’t struggle with a resolution, there’d be no need to set the intention. Research shows resolution-makers are more likely to make positive changes than people who don’t make resolutions at all. Slip-ups can be a reminder of how well you were doing until that moment and proves you’ll be able to succeed again.

Take the opportunity to recommit to your goal.

If you’ve had trouble honoring your resolution but are still eager to reach your goal, step back, reassess your desire to succeed, and reconnect with your will to change. This will remind you why you wanted to pursue your resolution initially and make your commitment even stronger.

Begin anew. 

Slip ups provide the opportunity to start over. Learn from your mistakes and move on, making changes as necessary. That’s what the journey toward your goal is all about — learning in order to become a better version of yourself.

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