“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – – Oprah Winfrey
- Set specific goals
If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, focus on small, impactful changes to your fitness routine. If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, commit to reading a new book every month. If your New Year’s resolution is to travel, start by exploring sites close to home
- Break them down into per week or per month
- Reward yourself at each milestone
- Hold yourself accountable by letting others know all about your resolution
- Write down your resolution and put it somewhere you can see daily
A. Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behavior.
B. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.
C. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
D. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.
E. To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.
F. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.
G. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.