Now that we're well into the new year, how are those resolutions going? If you're finding it tough to stick to your goals, don't worry, you're not alone. A lot of people set resolutions every year but only a small percentage actually achieve them. So how can you make sure that you're one of the lucky few? Follow these tips to make sure your new year's resolutions become a reality:
1. Write it down
When you write down your goals, you're more likely to achieve them. This is because when you put something down on paper, you're making a commitment to yourself. And you're less likely to break a commitment than to break a New Year's resolution!
2. Make your goals specific and measurable.
One of the biggest reasons people don't achieve their resolutions is because they set unrealistic goals for themselves. If your goal is to lose weight, don't aim to lose 10 pounds in a week - that's just not going to happen! Aim for a more realistic goal, like losing one or two pounds a week. If you want to save money, don't just say you want to save money. Say you want to save $100 per month. Specific and measurable goals are easier to track and achieve than general ones. This way you're still challenging yourself but you're also more likely to succeed.
3. Create a timeline for your goals.
Giving yourself a timeline for your goals helps keep you accountable. If you have an eight-week timeline, you can cut yourself some slack for the first two weeks while you adjust to your new goals. At week four, though, it's time to buckle down and really start meeting those goals.
4. Find motivation beyond New Year's Eve.
Your resolutions should be something you want to do not just on New Year's Day but every day after that. If your resolution is running a marathon or writing a novel, make sure that there are reasons besides the fact that it needs doing by December 31st for you to continue doing it in January and February...and so on. Writing an article about why you want to run a marathon or write a novel may help motivate you more than just knowing it has to be done by a certain date.
5. Make a plan of action.
knowing how you're going to achieve your goals is half the battle. If you want to save money, for example, put together a budget and figure out where you can cut back on spending. If you want to lose weight, come up with a workout plan and diet that you can stick to. Having a plan of action makes it more likely that you'll succeed in reaching your goals.
6. Tell your friends and family about your resolutions.
By telling your family and friends about your goals you increase the likelihood of achieving them because they'll support you every step of the way (yes, even if you tell them not to). Having support from those around you will help keep you accountable and on track. Ask your friends and family to check in with you regularly to see how you're doing and offer words of encouragement when needed.
7. Track your progress and reward yourself
Keeping track of your progress is extremely important if you want to achieve those resolutions! Make sure you keep a journal so that once the year is over, you can look back on how far you've come. Reward yourself as you go along so that you stay motivated and feel proud of all the hard work you're putting in towards your goals. It doesn't have to be big, just something simple like new running shoes or some time off work will make a huge difference. Just remember to set realistic rewards too. Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments will help you stay focused and motivated as you work towards your final goal.
8. Celebrate success
When you do achieve one of those resolutions, make sure you celebrate it! Go out for dinner or plan some time off work - whatever it is that will make you feel like all that hard work has paid off. And remember that little treat was something that YOU earned, not something that's handed out on special occasions by someone else.
If you're having trouble sticking to your resolutions, don't be discouraged. Just remember that it's a process, and Rome wasn't built in a day. Stay focused and motivated, and you'll eventually reach your goal. Happy New Year!