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8 Easy Ways to Smash Your Resolutions

As we kick off the year, there's that undeniable buzz in the air. You know the one I'm talking about - it's the scent of fresh starts, new opportunities and a whole lot of ambitious new year's resolutions flying around. But let's face it, keeping those resolutions past January can be as elusive as finding a unicorn in your backyard. Luckily, Hungry Squirrel is here to help you keep those resolutions intact and stay goal-oriented throughout the year!

1. Map Out Your Journey

Remember, the key to a successful resolution is not just in setting the goal, but in planning how to achieve it! Infuse your objectives with precision, measurability, attainability, relevance, and a clear timeline. Consider it like giving your ambitions an advanced GPS; they'll gain a precise destination and an impeccably timed journey. With this approach, your goals won't meander aimlessly; instead, they'll embark on a well-defined voyage towards fruition!

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2. Ink Your Intentions

Pen down your goals. This simple act of writing can bolster our commitment and make our goals feel more tangible and authentic.

3. Buddy System

Find your resolution twin. Having a companion who aligns with your goals can morph the journey into an enjoyable adventure while keeping you both accountable. Having a support system can significantly improve your chances of sticking to your resolutions.A resolution twin can provide this support, offering encouragement when you're feeling low, celebrating your victories, and holding you accountable if you start to veer off track.1

4. Hug Your Failures

Stumbles and trips are part of the scenic route. When you stumble, it means you're moving, trying, and pushing your boundaries. Each stumble is a chance to learn something new about yourself, your abilities, and the nature of the goal you're pursuing. Embracing these stumbles can be a powerful mindset shift - learn from them, and keep marching forward!

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5. Slice & Dice

Big goals can be intimidating, they can feel like staring up at Everest. Break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. You wouldn't attempt to reach the summit in one giant leap. Instead, you'd plan your ascent in stages, setting up base camps along the way to rest and acclimatize. Each stage represents a smaller, achievable goal that brings you one step closer to the top.

6. Time Block Daily

Dedicate specific chunks in your daily schedule to work on your goals. Short on time? Let Hungry Squirrel add the zing to your healthy eating! Your calendar isn't just for birthdays and dentist appointments!

7. Stay Flexible

Embracing change is vital in our journey towards achieving goals. If a plan isn't yielding results, it's a sign that we need to reassess and modify. This doesn't mean admitting defeat, but rather shows our ability to adapt and grow. We should view change as an opportunity, not a setback. It often opens doors to unexpected possibilities. Remember, the goal isn't to stick rigidly to the plan, but to reach the objective it was designed for. Change isn't failure; it's growth.

8. Remember Your Why

Whenever you feel demotivated, remember why you started. It's essential to remember the authentic reason why you embarked on this journey: the heartbeat of your ambition, the root of your drive. Your 'why' is the best motivation!

Remember, the journey is just as glorious as the destination. So, let's turn this year into an exhilarating ride, shall we? Buckle up, grip tight, and let's smash those goals together!

1."American Psychological Association." The secret behind making your new year’s resolutions last American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/topics/behavioral-health/new-year-resolutions

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