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A Guide to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is a great chance to make changes in your life, whether in your career, health or personally. However, making lasting change is hard, which is why so many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions within a month. In fact, only eight percent of people are show to keep their resolutions. Here are some tips on how you can make successful goals for 2019 and keep them.

 

Pick the Right Resolution – and Keep it Simple

Many people start the new year with these grand resolutions that aren’t really realistic. That is their first downfall. The average person has so many competing priorities that they give up on their resolution because they just don’t have the time to focus or work on achieving it.

When making a goal for the year you want to keep it simple, specific and measurable. This will provide you a method to plan, track and ultimately achieve your goal. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight”, say “I want to lose 10 pounds by July”. Instead of saying “I want to save money”, say “I want to save $2000” by the end of the year. Giving yourself a specific goal like these gives you something you can work towards and keep track of.

 

Make a Plan

It’s great to write out your goals for the year, but unless you have a plan on how to achieve them it will be hard to actually do it. For example, saying “I want to lose weight” is great, but how are you going to do that? Unfortunately you can’t just will it away, otherwise a lot more people would do it! Set up a diet plan that cuts out fast food or sugar for six weeks, or schedule time to go to the gym (and make it a priority!). Having a clear cut plan of action will give you confidence and the motivation of something to work towards.

 

Give It a Visual

When working towards a goal it is always helpful to visually see your progress. It not only helps you keep track of that progress, but also encourages you to keep pushing ahead. If a goal of yours is to run a half marathon, you can keep track of your training leading up to it using a variety of methods – jot down your daily times manually, record your times and routes on an app, or make a visual graph showing your progression.

An additional method to help keep you motivated is sharing your goals with friends and family. Making it public can help make you accountable to everyone watching you. Keep them up to date with your progress and your set backs, you’ll find they will be there with a word of encouragement to help you along.

 

Keeping a New Year’s resolution is difficult for many people for a variety of reasons, but if you create simple realistic goals, you definitely have a better chance of sticking to them. According to research, it takes 66 days (on average) to form a new habit. Are you willing to push yourself for at least that long?

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