Imagine this scenario: You wake up on January 1 feeling invigorated. You’ve made your list of New Year’s resolutions and you think this is your year to finally achieve all of your dreams. Fast-forward two months later: life got in the way, and you’ve forgotten about those resolutions. Sound familiar?
You’re not alone. Only 8% of Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making a resolution this year, challenge yourself to try something different. Here are a few ideas.
Ask These Tough Questions First
Do you make the same resolution year after year? Maybe you’re not achieving it because you’re not passionate and just feel as if making a resolution every year is something you should do. Before you make a resolution, ask yourself, “Does this inspire me or am I just doing this because everyone else is? Do I really want to work toward this resolution or am I only doing it because I feel I should?”
Postpone Until You’re Ready
Our culture has a “new year, new you” mentality, but don’t feel you have to make a resolution as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. The beginning of the year might not be the best time for you to make major life changes. There’s nothing wrong with starting your resolution during another time of the year.
Keep It Specific and Measurable
Most people try to turn dreams — instead of goals — into resolutions. Most resolutions are vague, like “I want to spend less and save more money.” Goals are specific and measurable. Instead of vowing to save more money, write down exactly how much you want to save by the end of the year and what you need to save per month to reach your goal. Setting concrete goals will make it easier for you to measure your progress.
Break Down Your Goals
Trying to achieve several big goals at the same time is only setting you up for disappointment. You just can’t do everything. Instead, break your resolution into smaller parts. If you want to save more money, decide which steps you want to take —getting out of debt, maxing out your 401K — and work on just one step at a time. You’ll be able to stay more focused
Make a Schedule, Not a Deadline
New Year’s resolutions can often feel like ticking time bombs with their December 31 deadline. When making your resolutions, we often focus on what we want to achieve and when we want to complete it. Create a schedule instead. If you want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, create a weekly schedule incorporating time to work out, plan meals and cook. Creating a schedule means you’re more likely to work on your goals consistently.
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