Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Set…& Keep New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again.  Everyone has set themselves new goals for 2014.  Whether it is losing weight, spending more time with family, spending less time online, or managing money better, everyone is setting new goals for themselves.  The problem with New Years Resolutions is that they rarely seem to stick.  January normally goes well; the gyms are over crowded and everyone seems to carry their resolve around with them.  But by February, everyone seems to slip back into their old habits.  Here are some ways to help you stick to your resolutions and succeed in your goals. 

Make it a resolution you want to achieve.  Don’t pick something that you should be doing, but don’t really want to.  Find something about yourself you really want to change and you’ll be more likely to accomplish it. 

Don’t overreach.  Don’t make so many goals that you won’t be able to manage all of them. 

Make a Plan.  If your goal is really hard to reach, create a series of smaller goals that lead up to it.  This will help you feel less discouraged along the way and keep you motivated. 

Enlist a support group.  Telling people about your goals makes it more likely you’ll follow through with them.  Make sure you pick people that will provide advice and support as you navigate your way through your resolutions. 

  Be specific.  Instead of just saying that you’re going to exercise more, make an exercise routine.  For example, say you’ll work out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.  Something specific allows you to know what you have to do to achieve your goals. 

Resolutions are difficult, but that doesn’t mean you should stop working for them.  Treat 2014 as a clean slate and achieve the things you’ve always wanted.  

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