Another year has come to an end and we are all a little older (wiser as well). With the New Year often comes the commitment to change. Things we want to do differently and things we want to do better. One of the biggest challenges with New Year resolutions is sticking to them and following through on your promises. Having said that, I’d like to share with you some tips that you can use that will help you keep your 2017 New Year’s resolutions intact.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with promises; pick a couple
Nothing happens overnight. It takes time and commitment to change things. Rather than brainstorming a laundry list of resolutions, pick a couple. This way it’s manageable and if you are successful with the first couple of changes, you can up the ante later on.
- Be reasonable with your selection
Don’t pick a resolution you know you can’t commit to. Like, running a 10k marathon, when you’ve never laced up running shoes before. Instead, focus on small goals that will build on each subsequent one, for example, walking 10,000 steps every day and increasing it on a weekly basis. When you have formed your habit you can graduate to bigger goals later on.
- Clearly define your goals!
Simply saying, “This is the year I’m going to get settled down and find a life partner,” is way too broad. Rather than making exuberant proclamations, create a step-by-step list for yourself so that there is a pathway for you to get to your goal. A good rule of thumb is to build goals and objectives using the SMART technique (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based).
- Ready, Set, Go!
Now that you have your plan in place, get ready to bring it to reality. The key to success is to be patient. You may stumble and revert to your old ways, but keep trying. As long as you stay focused on your goals, you’ll achieve success.
Making a change can be difficult but if it’s something you want, it is worthwhile. Remember to keep your aspirations realistic and don’t give up. Just get started. It’s going to be a great new year!