The New Year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to look ahead and think about what you would like to accomplish in the next year. Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions, but we often fail when it comes to reaching these goals. If you want this to change, here are five steps to help you make and keep a New Year’s resolution.
- Choose one goal. Don’t try to change everything at the same time. Pick the one thing that is the most important to you and make that your goal.
- Start small and be specific. Once you have your big goal in mind, break it down into manageable pieces. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds, write down ways you can accomplish this—add more vegetables to your plate, stop buying junk food, exercise three times a week, take the stairs, etc.
- Make a plan. Choose when you’re going to start (it doesn’t have to be January 1st) and set little benchmarks to reach. So in our 50-pound goal, you could have a goal to lose 4 pounds each month, or 1 pound a week.
- Expect setbacks. Don’t give up on your goal if you suffer setbacks. Learn to recognize what is causing the problems and try to avoid them. If you eat too much when you go out to lunch at work, start packing your lunch instead.
- Give yourself rewards. Nobody likes having their nose constantly to the grindstone. So, when you reach a mini goal, reward yourself. Go to the movies, buy a new book, or do whatever it is that gives you joy.