When a new year begins, it’s a good time to come up with New Year’s resolutions. With a resolve to do and be better, the New Year is a perfect time to start changes in your life. However, many resolutions are soon forgotten after a few months of the year have passed. If you would like to do better keeping your resolutions, here’s so practical advice for you to keep in mind.
- Set realistic goals. The number one reason most resolutions don’t happen is because it is too unrealistic. If you set goals that are too complicated, you’ll have a much more difficult time achieving it. When you fail even to make a small improvement, it sets your mindset that you can’t ever get it done or changed and you may feel compelled to give up entirely. Instead of saying you want to lose fifty pounds for the coming year, you need to take into consideration your actual body type and bone structure. It may be safer and more achievable to set your weight loss goal to one to two pounds a week.
- Make it specific. Instead of saying you will control your temper, write down specific things you can do that will translate the goal in your daily life. For example, you can try not to shout at your kids, or you will count to ten before speaking up when you are angry. Plan specific actions you can undertake to help you achieve a goal and make it more tangible and concrete.
- Plan a time line. Break up your goal into achievable sections so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. For example, if you resolve to be more outgoing, why not decide to go meet someone new at least once every two weeks so that at the end of one quarter, you have at least six new friends? Or if you’re planning to lose weight, declare that you have a specific dress size or weight by a given month.
- Think about your resolutions before the start of the year. Put careful thought into your resolution, so think about it way before the year ends. Think about what your friends and loved ones say about you and evaluate what things you feel you need to work on. Meditate on it so you can be sure that you choose resolutions that are worthy instead of coming up with something spur of the moment. If you put more thought behind something, you’re more likely to see it through.
- Write it down. Writing down your goals will help you achieve them. When something is written down, it seems more concrete and you will be more compelled to accomplish it. It can be in your planner or an entry in your journal. Go ahead and write it down then go back to it regularly so you can keep reading it. Declare your resolution in the affirmative and say it to yourself over and over again.
- Give yourself rewards when you hit benchmarks of success. As you go along the year, give yourself a pat on the back whenever you achieve a small step towards your big goal. For example, why not buy yourself a new pair of shoes whenever you lose 10 pounds?
Keep these six easy guidelines in mind when formulating your New Year’s resolutions so it will be easier for you to achieve it. Set yourself up for success so you can meet your goals. It may take a while to change your habits, but be persistent and consistent. You can do it!