New Year's resolutions - Make them stick!

December 02, 2019 by Sarah Emanuel

We’ve all made them, and honestly some of us break them. Why do we do it every year? What is so intriguing about the New Year’s resolution? We all want to try to be better than we were the year before. Whether it’s wanting to spend more quality time with our children, signing up for classes at the local college, quitting smoking, exercising more or losing weight, we all have the desire to be better and achieve more. That’s a good thing. It’s far better to have set a goal and fall a bit short, than to not have set a goal at all. Below are some tips that might help you stick with this year’s resolution:

Take Small Steps – Set up a plan of action with small or even daily goals that will lead you to your bigger goal. Accomplishing something on a daily or weekly basis will help you see immediate results and give you a sense of achievement. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, set weekly goals for yourself. Keep a daily food journal and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, go for a walk during lunch.

Change for Yourself - Even though we know this, it is a good reminder. Your desire to change something needs to come from your own sincere desire to change. Don’t decide to change to please anyone except for yourself.

Be Realistic - Make sure your goal and plan of action are realistic and convenient for you. The only way your goal will truly become reality is if you believe in it, but most importantly, believe in yourself. Find a role model who has achieved and is living your goal.

Anticipate Roadblocks - Make sure you think about and anticipate potential roadblocks or barriers and have an alternate plan for these situations. Also, whenever you feel that you are off target, simply re-group and get back on track.

Reward Yourself - Put a reward system into your plan of action. As you reach milestones within your goal, plan on what reward you will give yourself each step of the way. For example, buy yourself a new outfit, get a manicure or massage, or take time for yourself. Make your rewards personal for you.

Remember you are your best supporter. A well-thought-out resolution can help you live your best life!