New Year’s resolutions are made with the best of intentions. But most of them fall by the wayside before completion – many before the New Year has even gotten off the ground. Why? One reason may be that your goals are too lofty. Aim too high and you’ll likely find yourself throwing your hands up in frustration. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can set goals for yourself for the New Year and actually achieve them. All it takes is some careful consideration and an understanding that baby steps represent success. Read on to learn how to craft resolutions that stick.
Set Yourself Up for Success
It’s said that more than half of all New Year’s resolutions fail. That may be because the people making them are thinking beyond what’s realistic. Or because their resolutions aren’t specific enough. Having a goal that’s easy to keep track of is also important, so you can see tangible evidence of your progress and celebrate the little victories along the way. Here are some tips for successful resolutions:
- Make it specific. If your resolution is to “get fit,” for example, you may lose track of what that means. Does it mean you’re bench pressing your own weight at the gym every day, or does it mean you can take the stairs at work without being out of breath at the top? A more achievable resolution could be something along the lines of “go to the gym three times a week” or “take a walk after dinner.”
- Make it measurable. Don’t just say you want to be more financially responsible in 2020. Set smaller goals along the path toward the ultimate achievement. Pay off one credit card. Deposit a certain amount in your savings account from each paycheck. Make a household budget. These smaller steps will allow you to look back at your progress and see how far you’ve come.
- Make it achievable. It’s good to aim high, but if your goal isn’t realistic, you’re heading down the path to disappointment. If you haven’t run in a while, signing up for a marathon is probably not the best idea. If you’ve resolved to read more, don’t pile up the complete works of William Shakespeare next to your bed to finish by next week. Consider small changes that can help you succeed. Download a walking for fitness app. Set aside half an hour before bed for reading. Even small steps get you steadily closer to your goal.
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