Every new year inspires people to make all kinds of changes. It seems like New Year's Resolutions are one of those things that last from January through maybe February and then people give up.
Research has found that only about 8% of people actually accomplish their goals, with only 46% of people making it past the first six months. Wouldn't you like to be one of those 8%?
According to Google, the most popular resolutions this year are:
- Get healthy
- Get organized
- Live life to the fullest
- Learn new hobbies
- Spend less/save more
- Read more
1. Be realistic
Getting healthy is great, but don't commit yourself to a 7 day a week workout schedule right off the bat. Set yourself small and achievable goals that you can work towards that won't force you to make a completely 180 on your current life. It will be much more sustainable if you are realistic and remember what your life actually will be like over the next year.
2. Keep it simple
Try not to overwhelm yourself with overly complex ideas. It's easy to get out of control and assume you can change everything all at once, but maybe pick one thing and work on that.
3. Break it down
Don't think the you are going to wake up and be prefect all at once. Break your goals into little steps so that it isn't so overwhelming. It will give you the ability to track your progress and keep an eye on how your resolution is going.
4. Make a schedule
It's a lot easier to break it down if you have a time frame in mind. Giving yourself a due date helps you stay focused on the overall goal.
5. Treat yourself
Reward yourself when things go right! Just make sure your reward system doesn't completely counteract the resolution.
6. Make your own support team
Support is a pretty important part to achieving your goals. If you have a solid group of people who can support you and actually hold you accountable for your actions, you are less likely to give up.
7. Don't let a slip-up derail your whole year
We all need go a little easier on ourselves! We make mistakes! Just because you take a day or two, or seven, or however long off from your goal, doesn't mean you have to give up. Don't be so harsh, let yourself live and know that you can always start again.