It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of 2019. For many of us, the anticipation of the new year brings a chance for a fresh start. Some of us may even become overwhelmed when pondering our resolutions for the new year. It can be easy to start to feel this way, but there are many things you can do to make sure your new year’s resolution is a success.
Don’t let your fears or past New Year’s resolution disappointments hold you back! Today we are going to make sure you are ready to tackle and succeed in 2020!
According to the APA, you should make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your goal is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
Talk About It
Talking about your goal will help make it a reality. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having an accountability partner will help you reach your goals and less intimidating.
Ask for Support
Your resolution is unique to you. This is something you should take pride in. However, this doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or consult with others who may have similar resolutions and goals for the new year. Use your resources and share experiences. Remember, you are not alone!
Don’t Set Unrealistic Goals for Yourself
BAM! The ball drops, and you’re off to the races. You have your goal in mind, and you are running at full speed. A few weeks pass, and you are not where you thought you’d be, causing feelings of disappointment. If you took a look back at your goal, you might have found that getting to certain points was more challenging than you anticipated. If you have found yourself in this situation, your mistake may have been made right from the start. When you set a goal, do more than just make up your mind about it. Ask yourself these questions first:
- Is my resolution sensible? Take time to evaluate what you want to be accomplished in terms of time, money, manageability, resources, etc. (whatever applies to the goal). From there, you can figure out a feasible time frame for each part of the process.
- Have I written down my goals? Setting your goal in writing is just as important as the goal itself. A huge part of success when it comes to goals is making them visual, in writing. Be sure to break down each part of your goal into attainable, time-sensitive steps.
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