New Year’s resolutions can be about anything really. While most people feel the need to resolve to be healthier and eat better, there are many people out there who choose a different path. Regardless of what your resolution is this year, keeping it will be the challenge.
Researchers have found that nearly 50 percent of the population attempts New Year’s resolutions. The popular ones are weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, better money management and debt reduction. The purpose of the resolutions is to motivate people to change their bad behaviors. The unrealistic nature of these goals is what actually leads to a high failure rate in achieving them. It’s due to the simple fact that changing bad behaviors isn’t easy. So while the first two weeks usually go strong, it’s a downward spiral to failure after that.
To avoid having trouble with your New Year’s resolution this year, follow these steps:
1. Take small steps. If your goal is too large and overwhelming, you’ll likely abandon it.
2. Try having one goal. Saying you’re going to lose weight isn’t very specific. Saying you are going to lose 3 lbs. in two months is more specific.
3. Reward yourself when you reach a milestone.
5. Focus on your goal daily. Try to accomplish something today to achieve your goal.
6. Enlist someone that you can be accountable to. Share your progress with them and get them involved with your progress. They will be able to encourage you when you slow down.
While you are involved in your resolution, make sure you have fun. Challenge yourself and revel in making the goal. Keep it light if you miss a step, and keep on task. With some minor tweaking of your resolution you can achieve what you set out to do.
I, for one, am going to follow this advice! I can’t think of anything better than actually achieving my New Year’s resolution. Heading out to the paint store so I can get that bedroom painted!