New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and you may be thinking about making a New Year’s resolution. Did you know that most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions? Although we may have the best intentions, we often don’t make resolutions we can keep. Safety Girl is here to help with these simple steps for success this New Year’s.
Create a reasonable resolution
- Choose one. Often we make the mistake of setting several goals. Choosing only one increases your chance of success and helps you stay focused.
- Make it meaningful. You’re most likely to stay committed to a goal that you really want to achieve for yourself. If your goal is to lose weight, for example, ask yourself if you really want to lose weight. If you’re only making your resolution to lose weight to please someone else—a spouse, partner, or significant other—you’re less likely to succeed.
- Write it down and share it. Writing down your goal and sharing it with a trusted friend or family member will help you feel accountable. Write your goal down in a notebook or journal, or even post it on the refrigerator door if it will help you stick to it. If you know you’ll need help achieving your goal, ask a family member or friend to help you stay motivated.
Make a plan
- Divide your resolution into baby steps. To increase your chances of success, outline smaller steps to help your achieve your big resolution. If you want to lose 20 pounds, for example, create a weekly diet and exercise plan that will help you lose 5 pounds each month.
- Think long-term. Think about your resolution as a lifestyle change or long-term commitment instead of one particular achievement. If you want to save money, make sure you are ready to commit to a new, long-term budgeting style. If you only save money for a few months and then go back to your old habits, you’re likely to spend the money you have saved.
- Expect to make mistakes and don’t let them get you down. Everyone makes mistakes, especially when working towards a challenging goal. If you get off track on your way to achieving your resolution, analyze your behaviors or actions and update your success plan accordingly.