New Year’s Resolutions, you set them every year, but how often do you actually follow through? Setting goals is easy enough and always done with the best intentions, but life
New Year’s Resolutions, you set them every year, but how often do you actually follow through? Setting goals is easy enough and always done with the best intentions, but life often gets in the way and before you know it, it’s New Year’s Eve again and you haven’t achieved any of your resolutions. Here is a guide to setting attainable New Year’s Resolutions:
Get some willpower.
Anyone can have willpower if they set their mind to it. Willpower becomes stronger every time we use it, just like the muscles of the body. Practicing self-control exercises throughout your week will prevent you from being tempted to eat sweets, skip the gym or drink too much. Create rewards (of the non-dessert variety) for yourself when you show willpower and penalties for when you do not. Avoiding every single temptation that comes your way is not realistic, so don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself.
Make changes one at a time.
You’re not going to accomplish anything if you dive in head first and try to take on too many goals or projects. Focus on one thing at a time, like beginning a regular exercise routine and then later on you can add in a new diet plan or a new household project. Saying you want to lose 20 pounds sounds overwhelming, but by breaking it up into segments, it’s less scary. Try saying to yourself “I will go to the gym three times every week,” and go from there. Small, progressional changes will make it easier to achieve that one big change in the end.
Attainable goals need to be S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When a goal is specific, there is much higher chance it will be completed. Creating a measurable criteria makes it easier to track your goal progress. An attainable goal should be something that is important to you–because if you don’t care about it, what’s the point? A realistic goal should be something you are capable of attaining and completely willing to work for. Structuring an actual timeframe instead of saying “someday” will put a timer on your goal, ensuring that you finish it by a certain deadline. With these guidelines in mind, setting resolutions should be a piece of cake.
Get it in writing.
Write down your resolutions. This makes them tangible, and therefore, more realistic. Put your written reminder somewhere you will see it, like on the refrigerator or next to your bed. Tangible evidence of your goal will make it more difficult to break it because you’ll feel like you’re destroying something physical. Keep the wording short and concise so you don’t overwhelm yourself with words every time you are reminded of the goal.
Find a buddy.
It’s always nice to have a cheerleader. Telling friends about your goals will give them the opportunity to support you and they might even join you in working towards your resolution. This way, if you’re ever feeling discouraged, that friend can encourage you to keep going. No one wants to disappoint people who are cheering them on; this will give you that extra push to keep your resolutions no matter what.