It’s a little over a month after the first of the year which means it’s a little over a month since your New Year’s resolutions have been set. By now, you’ve either given up on your resolutions for this year or you’ve kept a pretty great grasp on the goals that you’ve set. After reading a recent article that says that scientifically, 88% of people who set resolutions fail, I think it’s important to try and do everything that you can to ensure that your resolutions remain for the rest of the year. Here are a few tips.

Take it slow

If there is a single piece of advice that I can give to others in terms of keeping up with their resolutions, it’s to take things slow. Baby steps, as that linked article above would call it. Don’t worry about making big strides. Often times, we tend to see how reaching our resolutions will be instead of what it will take to reach it. We focus too much on the future and not enough on the present. It’s good to be a visionary, but when most of your time is spent thinking about the future, you tend to forget that you’re living in the present and that you have to take the steps to get to the future.

Going slow will help you get to where you want to be with your resolutions. If you tell yourself that you’ll do one thing every single day that will help you get to where you want to be with it, you’ll get into the groove of trying to make it there. Eventually, you’ll be there. But don’t rush, it’ll only stunt the growth that you’ll face through the experience of going slow.

Remember: do it for yourself

Many people forget why they set resolutions and the answer is almost always unanimous: you’re doing it for yourself. You’re doing it because you want to see a change in something that you do or don’t do. You want to become a better person. Losing focus on that means losing focus of the resolution altogether. You can’t have a goal if you forget why you made the goal in the first place.

Set up little reminders for yourself that let you know why you’re trying to live up to the resolutions that you set. This can mean small notes of encouragement left in places that you see daily, or creating an image of what it is you’re trying to accomplish and putting that image as the background to your computer. It’ll be a constant reminder of where you want to go and what you want to do.

Gain support

If the people around you are supporting you in the resolutions that you set for yourself, your task becomes incredibly easier. You have an energy constantly around you that lets you know that you’ve got a system in place that will help you reach where you want to be.

Most of all: support yourself. If you can muster the confidence needed to set the resolution in the first place, have the courage to follow through.

Just do it

Even when you don’t want to do it anymore, do it anyways. There’s nothing worse than letting someone down, except when that person is yourself. Don’t let yourself down. Do it because you deserve to accomplish it. If your resolution was to lose 15 pounds over the course of the year, don’t stop until you’re there. And if you reach it, revise your resolution to lose 20 pounds instead. Reach higher because those small accomplishments will turn into big ones.

What are some other tips for keeping up with your resolutions?