How To Make Your New Years Resolutions A Reality
Each January, you make a list of goals for the year. You may resolve to get in shape and eat cleaner, or to stay organized and save money. If you’re serious about keeping your resolutions, then you can’t just set goals – you also need to make a plan. Follow these simple steps to make your resolutions last all year.
- Write it down.
Jot down your resolutions in a journal or type them in a Word document. This will make your goals seem more concrete and hold you accountable.
- Add a number.
Vague goals will leave you feeling hopeless and defeated. Instead of saying you want to exercise more, assign yourself a number of workouts per week. Write down how much money you want to save each month. Decide how many servings of vegetables to eat each day. This will make your goals seem more definite and attainable.
- Break it down.
Once you’ve written down a definite goal, it may seem overwhelming or unfeasible. Break it down to smaller goals. For instance, begin an exercise regimen with one mile a day, and then graduate to two miles. Begin with saving $10 a month, and then move on to saving more. Write down the different stages of your goal, and then stick with it.
- Reward yourself.
Instead of punishing yourself for slipping, reward yourself for succeeding. Start a money jar and place $1 in it when you exercise. Then allow yourself to buy a new pair of shoes. Resist buying a cup of coffee each day, and then spend that money on something for your home. This will help you stay positive and focused all year.
- Give yourself grace.
You are human, so you will falter. You will overspend or overeat. Give yourself the grace to excuse this slip-up and set a new goal for the next day.