You’ve already broken your resolutions. What now?

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Already broke your 2017 resolutions? Where’s what to do.

Well, that was quick. Barely a week in, and you’ve already botched your 2017 resolutions. Oh well, there’s always next year… right?

Wrong. You don’t get off the hook that easily. Here’s what to do after you break your resolutions for the year.

1. Think positive thoughts.

Don’t mope. Don’t beat yourself up. And don’t be discouraged. Forming new habits is hard work. In fact, it usually takes six weeks to develop a new routine, so it should come as no surprise that you’re struggling this early in the game. Don’t think of this as a final defeat.

2. Learn from what went wrong.

So you decided to get up earlier this year, right? Well, maybe 5am was overkill. If you’re making a drastic change, start small and build up to it. See if you can find a pattern of behavior that you could alter to help you succeed.

3. Begin a new streak.

Most of us are highly motivated by maintaining a streak. Once we get going, our own momentum propels us forward. Which is why breaking our streak can feel like such a disappointment: we’re back to square one. Instead of being discouraged, think of your old streak as a new record to beat.

4. Expect to fail again.

Failure can help you on your road to ultimate success. Picking yourself up again when you stumble establishes a habit of resilience. And with each setback, you learn more about your own strengths and limitations, which will help you the next time you try something new.

There’s no magic to January 1st.

The turning of the year can feel like a momentous occasion, and we all like the idea of having a neat, orderly number to measure our progress. But at the end of the day, January 1st is a day like any other. Any resolution you could start with the new year you can just as easily start with the new month, or the new week or the new day. So whenever you find you’ve broken a resolution, wipe the slate clean and start again.

You’ll do better this time.

Iris Proctor
Iris is the director of ArborWoman.