How to Resolve Your New Year’s Resolution Woes
by Apex Capital | February 3, 2015
Have your New Year’s Resolutions stalled?
With January at an end, many have given up on their resolutions. A study by Forbes said only 12% actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, so if you want to be a part of that statistic, there is still hope. Here are a few tips to stay strong and remember why you made the commitment in the first place.
Make specific goals: One reason your resolution might have stalled is because your goal is too broad. Goals like wanting to lose weight, get healthier or stop smoking are great, but to be successful, it helps to have specific goals that are attainable in a reasonable period of time. Examples of these goals would be “I want to lose 40 pounds this year, “I want to establish a reliable workout routine,” or “I want to find ways to cope with stress so I can stop smoking.”
Focus on attainable milestones: Now that you have a specific goal in mind, another way to help you stay focused on your New Years Resolution is to create smaller, frequent goals that will keep you motivated as you progress toward your long term goal. Plus, it gives you a chance to watch your progress and help you chip away at your larger goal. Examples of small milestone goals could be to lose one pound per week in a healthy way, exercise for 30 minutes three times every week or cut back on smoking to one cigarette a day.
Stay Accountable: By sharing your goals with friends, family, or even social media for those who are truly brave, you will be held accountable for the goals you set. The best way for friends and family to help is to be your support system. Establish a weekly check in with a family member or friend so you can track your progress. You can even make some family resolutions that you can all work towards together. Peer pressure can be a good thing in this case!
Reward yourself: The key to achieving smaller milestone goals on your journey is to reward yourself when you have met them. A helpful tip is to plan out rewards beforehand, so you will have something concrete to look forward to. If you feel like giving up, look at your list and it should create a fresh wave of excitement and motivate you to reach your goals!
Sleep: According to the Mayo Clinic, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. A late night once in a while is usually no big deal. However, a lack of sufficient sleep over time, for even just a few days, can delay your ability to perform complex mental tasks. This could compromise your ability to stay on track with your resolution. (Sources: Best Health, Lifehack)
Don’t Give Up: This is the most important tip. Even if you have a bad couple of days or weeks, if you get back on the right track, you can still achieve your goals. Remember that lifestyle changes are a marathon, not a sprint. They will only become habits and ways of life with work and practice. As long as you keep working towards your goals, you can achieve them, even if you have had a bad day or a few bad weeks.