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Making Resolutions Stick

At the end of every year many of us start thinking about how to set good New Year’s resolutions and more importantly, how to keep them. Do you have a goal to ring in 2021 with a new resolve to exercise more, spend more time with family, quit smoking, or not sweat the small stuff? Do these resolutions sound too familiar? It is likely because you made the same resolutions last year and didn’t keep them. It’s a well-known joke that the gym crowds surge in January, only to thin back out by mid-February. Sometimes, it almost seems like resolutions are just meant to be broken. 

It’s okay if you couldn’t keep last years resolutions. What is important is you give it another shot. So how can you ensure that your determination to get healthier in 2021 is fulfilled? There are a few good ways to make and achieve your New Year’s resolution. Start by making resolutions that are actionable and can be attained.

Make Practical Resolutions

Making a big resolution may feel like a good way to go at first, but often times if you are not careful it can set yourself up for failure. For example, what if you say you’re going to go to the gym every single day, or that you are going to double your annual income. Although these goals sound great, they aren’t practical. Look at the level of commitment your goal will take and ask yourself honestly if you are going to be able to achieve it. If the answer is no, then adjust your goals. Instead of working out everyday, maybe start by saying three days a week. Instead of doubling you annual income, you can look for a job the pays more. Making practical resolutions will give you a chance to achieve your goals. 

Be Specific

One of the most common goals is to save money. Saving money is good, but how are you going to save money, and how much do you want to save? We need to set parameters and plan for following through with our goals. By setting a parameter and steps for following through we can make are goals easier because we can focus on them better. Instead of saying you want to save money in 2021, say you want to save a certain amount of money every month, then follow through with how you intend to save. Maybe you plan on spending less money takeout and will cook more when you are at home.

Commit Yourself

One of the most important methods for achieving your goals is having a sense of accountability. You can make yourself accountable through a written or verbal promise. You can write the promise in a notebook or on the fridge as a visual reminder. Or you can make verbal promises to people you don’t want to let down. That will encourage you to slog through tough spots. By writing your goals down or saying them verbally you can also keep track of your progress. For example, if you plan to lose weight, you can write down how much weight you’ve loss every month.