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5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Setting New Year’s Resolutions

Setting and sharing New Year’s resolutions is a tradition in my family. Every New Year marks a new beginning and all across the country people are coming up with goals to better themselves. According to Statistic Brain 45% of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of them actually achieve their goals. Let’s take a look at some pointers that can help you set and achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

Be Realistic

In my opinion one of the biggest reasons many of us don’t achieve our New Year’s resolutions is because we set unrealistic expectations or goals. The prospect of a New Year and a better you are promising and motivating but that doesn’t turn you into a super hero. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, become more organized, or quit smoking you need to be sensible. Remember it is better to make smaller goals and exceed your hopes than to become frustrated with larger goals and quit.

Don’t Overload Your Goals

There are a million ways in which we could all better ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we need to set a million New Year’s resolutions. Keep it simple start with one or two resolutions and if you accomplish those then set more goals. January 1st is not the only day we can decide to challenge ourselves!

Be True to Yourself

If your New Year’s Resolution is to become more organized because you are one of the messiest people on the planet, don’t expect to become the cleanest. This ties in to keeping your expectations and goals realistic. If you are too hard on yourself you will be more likely to just throw in the towel and return to your old ways. Embrace your messiness in certain areas, like your storage closet, and focus on organization in your office. Once you have achieved that move on to the other areas of your life.

Plan Ahead

This is extremely important to your success in keeping your goals. It is easy to decide to start exercising and then forget about it, but if you have a plan you’re more likely to keep to your goals. Again start small and work your way up. Plan specifics, when things are left up in the air you are more likely to push them off or procrastinate.

Let Yourself Win

Another great way to motivate yourself and keep pushing forward is to set mini goals within your larger goal to allow for “wins”. For example if your New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 lbs set a realistic date by which to lose the first 10 lbs  That way when you’ve hit that mark you feel like it’s an accomplishment instead of feeling like you haven’t lost enough yet.

Make this year the year you finally keep and achieve your New Year’s goals! Comment below to share your resolutions for this year!

Photo By:  (Sascha Uding) Arternative-Design