Now that the New Year is here, it’s time for a New You! Many people have goals and dreams for this year, myself included. However, everyone remembers that one goal last year that they never quite completed….but this year is going to be different! According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people actually complete their New Year’s resolutions. How can you beat those statistics? Here are 5 tips to get you started:
1. Have someone to hold you accountable
Often people are too nervous to share their New Year’s resolutions because they fear judgement or their own failure. One sure way to succeed is to tell close friends and family your new goals so they can check your progress each month and keep you on track. Try to find someone that also has a New Year’s resolution so you can keep each other motivated!
2. Be specific
If your goal this year is to “Be healthy” or “Be more productive”, what does that look like? Are you wanting to eat 3 servings of vegetables each day or drop 5 pounds by March? Would you like to limit your social media and TV time to one hour per day? Make sure your goals are measurable so that your goal isn’t infinite.
3. Make it attainable
Making realistic goals can save you from heartache and frustration. It is easy to come out with a huge goal because in the moment you feel fired up about the New Year. However, if your goals are too big, others will assume you won’t reach them and they will probably be right. If you are known as “that person who always makes New Year’s resolutions they don’t keep”, that is a reputation crusher! You can always expand on your goals once you achieve them.
4. Break up your big resolution into mini ones
Deciding in January that you want to have a side business running by December or found a new organization can be very daunting. Try to break it up into tiny goals each month or even each week. Sometimes looking at the finish line from the beginning can be too overwhelming and cause you to become discouraged. I prefer to handle my New Year’s resolutions just like a huge chocolate cake…just break it up in tiny bites!
5. Don’t make a change unless you are ready
Don’t ever try to change for anyone but yourself. I’ve heard so many people that are chasing a goal for their husband, their kids, or their community. Those are great motivators, but your ultimate motivator must be for yourself. At the end of the day, you must be proud of your choices and how you’ve spent your time when you lay your head down on a pillow at night. Don’t let others tell you what to change about yourself. Be confident in your strengths and don’t let others tear you down!
Now that you are equipped with all of the tricks you need to know to make the right New Year’s resolutions and how to keep them, get out there and complete them. Dream big and believe in your capabilities! And just remember the sweet prize at the end of the year…proving all of your doubters wrong.