How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Written by Greg on January 3, 2015
Each New Year, millions of individuals decide to set a list of goals that they would like to accomplish for the coming year. The New Year’s resolution is a way to ensure that one keeps a positive mindset and help them improve upon health, finances, or many other important areas of daily life. US.gov, for example, has a list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and among them is losing weight, volunteering to help others, quitting smoking, and other resolutions that are centered on making the best version of you there is.
However, more often than not, an individual can fall into a dangerous cycle of making a New Year’s resolution and then not following through to ensure that these goals are met. This can make all of that positivity fall by the way side.
To help you keep your New Year’s resolution, follow these 5 simple tips:
- Have a Realistic Goal: The biggest mistake an individual can make in regard to their resolution is to set a goal that is simply unattainable. For example, setting the goal that you would like to be a millionaire is not always feasible in the scope of a year. Instead set goals that you are motivated about and know you can fully accomplish.
- Be Specific: Making your goals too vague can often cause you to lose sight of them. For instance, instead of saying, “I am going to start volunteering”, examine your interests and pinpoint a charity that will allow you to meet those goals.
- Write Out Your Goals: The simple act of writing down your goals doubles your odds of achieving them.
- Outline a Plan: Oftentimes, the resolutions that we set are very large scale and as a result, it may overwhelm us when we begin to start on them. Thus, it is import to break your goals into specific steps through outlining a plan. For instance, if your resolution is losing a certain amount of weight then you can outline how much you would like to lose each month, what you will eat daily, and so forth.
- Talk about It: One of the worst things you can do in regard to your resolution is to keep it hidden from others. Without lack of support you are more likely to give up on your goals. Instead, talk to family, friends, or even find a support group of like-minded individuals. Voicing your goals will allow you more motivation to complete them.
- Use Valuable Resources: No matter what your goal is, you will find that there is an extensive amount of resources you can draw from. For instance, with the influx of new technology, there are even some phone apps that can help you out. Myfitnesspal or Lose It, can help you with weight loss goals while Mint, can help with budgeting. You can also find a trove of resources online to help you meet your goals.
- Change Your Self Talk: Watch the language you use with yourself, use positive words and consider replacing “can’t with don’t” when saying no to something.
As one can see, there is a lot of work that can go into keeping a New Year’s resolution. However, if you put in the effort you will find that the payoff is very rewarding.