January has only just begun, which means there is still plenty of time to make a New Year’s resolution, if you haven’t already. However, making a resolution is a lot easier than actually keeping one. If you really want to succeed with your goals this year, here are a few tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
- Keep it simple. Instead of attempting to redo your entire life, focus on one or maybe two important goals. Choose something that will hopefully have a big impact on your overall health or happiness.
- Be realistic. Keep your abilities and weaknesses in mind when setting your goals. For example, if you want to lose a lot of weight, instead of focusing on the total amount, break down your goal into manageable pieces. Try to lose a pound a week, instead of focusing on wanting to lose 50 pounds this year. If you can reach your mini goal each week, you will achieve your larger goal.
- Expect setbacks. Nobody is perfect. There will be times throughout the year when you don’t meet your goal. If you’ve been trying to save money for a vacation, but end up having to spend that money on car repairs, don’t give up. Think about the positive habits you’ve started to develop and reevaluate your total goal.
If you follow these steps and get support from your family and friends, you will be on your way to reaching your goal by the end of 2017.