With the New Year comes high hopes and expectations. Working out daily, going on that diet, or any other common New Year’s Resolution is often what comes to mind when we think of starting a new year strong. While it’s not bad to hold yourself to high standards and goals, it’s equally important to be realistic. In doing so, you’ll be more likely to achieve the goal and less likely to feel down on yourself if you ever break your resolution. This year, focus on setting realistic New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them. Here’s how you can start.
Think of Your End Goal
Instead of jumping right into “eating better,” “working out more,” or “not going ordering UberEats as often,” think of what you’re truly trying to achieve. Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? Are you trying to save money? Once you identify why you’d like to make certain resolutions, it may be easier to set more realistic goals for yourself. Not to mention, knowing the underlying motivation will help you stay on track with your goals.
Set a Measurable Goal
Once you identify what you’re actually trying to achieve, be sure to set a goal that you can put numbers to. Quantifying your goals also helps to make your resolutions sound more achievable! For example, instead of “reading more,” try “read ten pages a day.” Rather than “going to the gym,” perhaps you can try doing physical activity for twenty minutes a day. Additionally, try to only set one or two goals, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. By setting realistic, measurable goals, you can stay on top of your resolutions without feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
Write It Down
Do you have your measurable goal? Write it down! Put it in a journal or jot it down on a sticky note. Then, display it somewhere where you’ll look at it daily. Putting it on paper will hold you accountable to your goal and keep you on track!
Tell Your Friends and Family
Another tip to help you stay on track with your goals is vocalizing them. Tell your friends, roommate, partner, or family members. They can help hold you accountable, and maybe they’ll even join you in your goal!
Be Committed, But Don’t Punish Yourself for Failures
It’s no secret that it will be hard to stick to your resolution, realistic or not. That’s why it’s important to share your goal with friends, write it down, and remind yourself why you’ve committed to the change. However, it’s also important to not be too hard on yourself if you slip up. Implementing a new daily habit can take a while to get used to, and life might get in the way. Perhaps you don’t have time to read your ten pages that day, or you’re not feeling good enough to go to the gym. Don’t beat yourself up when life gets in the way, but aim to hold yourself accountable. Find the perfect balance for you to effectively stick to your resolution.
This year, strive to set realistic New Year’s resolutions. By doing so, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals and stick with them for longer. It’s never too late to make small lifestyle changes that will reap significant benefits down the road. Here’s to the New Year!
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