New Year’s Resolutions
The New Year is here; time to think about those New Year’s resolutions. Many people desire to lose weight, quit smoking, save money, or get a better education. It can be exciting to get started, but soon the reality of everyday life can prevent you from reaching those goals. How many times have you made a resolution that failed? Why were you unsuccessful? Follow the tips below to make your New Year’s resolution stick:
• Change your behavior. Instead of trying the same old thing, modify your behavior to get a better outcome.
• Set realistic goals. Use the ‘SMART’ acronym – goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-specific.
• Break large goals into smaller ones. For example, instead of saying, “I need to lose 50 lbs,” set your goal in 5 lb increments.
• Track your progress. Keep a journal or calendar so you are more accountable.
• Reward your achievements by doing something you like to do.
• Publicize your goal. Let others know so they can help you be accountable and provide support and motivation.
• Remember that no one is perfect. You will slip up but that doesn’t mean you have to give up.