Making a New Year’s Resolution is something that many people do each year. It can be a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and evaluate changes you can make in the upcoming year. However, keeping new resolutions often proves difficult. Studies have shown that over half of Americans make a resolution each year, but only about 8% succeed in meeting their goals.
Below are some tips to help you stick to whatever goals you are setting for 2017:
- Start small. If you set a realistic goal that is simple, you are more likely to stick to it. Try slowly increasing the amount you are exercising or replacing dessert with another treat instead of making bigger changes.
- Change one thing a time. It is easy to feel overwhelmed if you change too many things at once. It's best to work on one thing at a time.
- Involve family and friends. Sharing your struggles and successes can make things easier for you. They can also serve as motivate you to keep going.
- If you get off track, forgive yourself and move on. Don't punish yourself if you fall off course. Instead, reflect on what went wrong and make adjustments to prevent it from happening again in the future.
- Congratulate yourself. Rewarding yourself when you have stayed on track or meet your health goals is a great way to ensure you continue your new lifestyle.
Remember to make S.M.A.R.T. goals:
S – Specific: Your goals should be well defined and clear. Ask yourself: who, what, where, when, which, and why.
M – Measurable: Establish concreate criteria for measuring your progress. For example, how much or how many.
A – Attainable: Can you see yourself achieving these goals?
R – Realistic: Set an objective you are both willing AND able to work towards.
T – Timely: Have a timeframe in place in order to establish a sense of urgency.
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