The majority of people spend the first day of the year making resolutions and the rest of the year trying to keep them. According to research studies conducted by the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of the people who actually make New Year’s resolutions succeed in achieving them. Follow these ten resolution-making tips and learn how you can achieve your goals in 2018.
1. Break up your goals into manageable parts
You will succeed if you break your resolutions into smaller, more realistic chunks. For instance, if your goal is to build up your savings, resolve to save $100 every week, rather than $5,000 annually. This way you will actually save more than $5,000, yet your goal will be easier to achieve. It will also be easier to assess your progress as you proceed and you will feel a huge sense of accomplishment.
2. What is important is the end result, not the journey
It is better to stick to those resolutions that you can control. If your goal is to lose 15 pounds, following an exercise regime and eating a healthy diet is more crucial than the number showing on the scale. Since you cannot compel those pounds to get out of your body, resolve that you will visit the gym five days each week and each of your meals will contain vegetables and fruits. Because you have control over these aspects, eventually they will help you to effectively realize your weight-loss goal.
3. Make time for your resolutions
With our hectic schedules, it is sometimes difficult to accomplish all that we want to do. This means it is even harder to find time to tackle the challenging resolutions we make. For that reason, schedule your gym sessions in the same way you would schedule a meeting. You can even set an alert on your phone to make sure you never skip a workout. These types of “meetings with yourself” are just as important as any other meeting you schedule throughout your day.
4. Let your friends help you to achieve your goals
To make your resolutions stick, include a friend or family member. For example, if you resolve to save money on groceries, shop in the same grocery with your buddy and then compare receipts to see who has the most savings. Go to the gym together to reach weight loss goals. Attend parties or clubs together to encourage each other to drink less. Life is better with a buddy.
5. Announce your goals
Telling others about your resolutions will help to ensure social accountability. Instead of keeping your goals to yourself, use social media to announce them to wider audiences. Doing this means you are more likely to work harder in order to achieve them. After all, when people are watching and holding you accountable you surely do not want to disappoint them.
6. Monitor your progress as you move along
It is important to monitor your progress as you try to accomplish your goals. For example, goodreads.com has a reading challenge and stat tracking system. If you set yourself a goal of reading a certain number of books this year, it also allows you to compare yourself with other people who have accepted the challenge. Monitoring your progress also allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach milestones.
7. Find an app
These days, there is an app to go with any resolution. For instance, Noom and My Fitness Pal monitor your exercise and diet and also guides you as you try to lose weight. Another app called Mint assists you to have financial discipline by tracking your spending. It also helps you to remain on budget.
8. Reward yourself after each successful step
Every successful step that you take as you try to achieve your goal is a small victory and it is important to reward yourself. But the reward should not run counter to your set goal. For example, you should not go on a shopping spree to reward yourself for saving $100 in a given month. A better way of rewarding yourself would be to take a long soothing bubble bath each time you achieve your weekly saving goal. This type of reward will make you more cheerful and healthier in the long run.
9. It is OK to make adjustments
It is alright to amend your resolution if it is not working out the way you planned. New Year’s resolutions are more about improving yourself all the time, not achieving perfection. If you are totally unable to save $100 each week, reduce the amount to $75. The total annual savings will then come to $3,900, which is still a significant amount.
10. Do not give up if you slip up
One slip-up does not mean that you accept defeat on your resolutions for good. If, for instance, you experienced a weak moment and consumed a box of donuts, forgive yourself and continue with your weight loss regime. One tiny slip-up should not make you give up on your important goals altogether.
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