New Year's Resolution for High School?
New Year’s Resolution for High School? (Photo credit: Carol VanHook)

Mind Tip

To stick with a resolution, stay in the moment. Focusing on the entire week ahead can make you more likely to falter.

Now that you’ve chosen your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few pointers for maintaining a steady supply of willpower. Take it one day at a time. Endurance athletes who run 50-mile races will tell you that if they think of the long road ahead, it unnerves them. So instead they focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t worry about whether you’ll have the strength to make it through the next week or month. Think only about what you have to do today. Reward yourself — daily if necessary — for a job well done. Ask your friends and family to offer you the same encouragement. When tempted to fall off the resolution wagon, envision yourself having achieved your goal. Think of how great you will feel when you get there! Use this powerful image to bolster you when you’re tempted to cheat. Above all else, stay well rested. Stress and sleep deprivation can unravel your resolve, so be sure to treat yourself with love and kindness. Go to bed early, meditate, do yoga, take a warm bath, light a fire, read a book, or watch a funny movie. Give yourself permission to take it easy so that you have the mental energy to stay loyal to your resolution.


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