The New Year is officially here and millions of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions. As good as our intentions are, however, statistics show that nearly half of resolution-makers will give up during the first few weeks in January. Want to increase your chances of success? Follow these simple tips.
- If you’ve made a big, long-term New Year’s resolution, break it down into manageable chunks. Remember that your New Year’s resolution is just a goal, and goals need benchmarks or objectives. If your resolution is to lose 50 pounds this year, that means you’ll need to lose about 1 pound per week for the entire year. In this way, you’ll be able to monitor your progress towards achieving your resolution more closely, rather than focusing on such a big picture.
- Focus on only one resolution. Focusing on more than one resolution can be a set-up for failure. Often, we are unable to make too many life style changes successfully at one time. Multiple resolutions can also conflict with each other, such as making time for more exercise while also resolving to spend more time with family.
- Make a specific New Year’s resolution. Simply resolving to lose weight, be happier, or save more money is too vague. Instead, resolve to lose a certain number of pounds, take specific steps to be happier, or save a certain amount of money each month. Then proceed to Tip No. 4.
- Design a game plan for success. If you’re resolving to lose weight, for example, you’ll need a specific plan for success. This may include going to the gym for a set amount of time each week, eliminating certain foods from your diet, and eating specific quantities of food. If you’re having trouble creating a game plan, enlist the help of a friend or family member who can talk your resolution through with you.
- Be compassionate and reward success. Don’t forget to allow yourself to falter once in a while. If you slip, just make sure you get back on track as soon as you can. When you’re successful, remember to find ways to reward yourself, too.