Have you made yourself a New Year’s resolution?
The turning over of the calendar usually inspires us to resolve to make positive changes in our lives, but more often than not we fail to follow through on our promises to ourselves.
If you struggle to keep your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps these tips will help you stay on track:
Be more realistic.
If you set goals for yourself that are completely unattainable, you will become discouraged and give up quickly. For example, if you want to start losing weight and gaining muscle, don’t expect to look like a body builder two weeks into the New Year.
Make a goal to visit the gym every second day instead, and if you stick to this reasonable goal you will eventually start to see results.
Make a plan.
If your New Year’s resolution is to pay off your credit card debt, you won’t get far if you keep on spending in the same way. You need to make a plan to do things differently to get different results.
Your plan could include creating a budget to see where you can save money, and then paying off a set amount per month until the debt is gone.
Talk about it.
If you keep your resolution a secret, there is no one to keep you to your word if you decide to give up. If you tell your friends about your goals they can encourage you and motivate you.
Break the goal into small manageable chunks.
Losing 30 pounds seems overwhelming, but losing five pounds is not so daunting.
However, if you focus on these small goals and lose five pounds six times throughout the year, you will be down to your goal weight of 30 pounds less!
These are just a few tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
Experts say that it takes approximately three weeks for a new habit to form. If you can stick to your resolution for this long, your positive habits will soon become second nature.