1. Make Them Simple & Realistic
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Aiming to workout 365 days a year or not eat sugar except for on your birthday is just plain silly. Shoot for the stars- but make these real stars- not super-duper-way out of stretch- extremely difficult to reach stars.
2. Write Your Goals Down
Put your new year resolutions in writing. Put it on the fridge, in your calendar or on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself of your goals and what you are striving for.
3. Limit Your Goals
How hard ( and unrealistic) is it to have 8 resolutions? Instead, pick one to three things that you really want to change and focus on in your life. Having just a few will allow you to put more focus and energy into your goals and ultimately help you to succeed.
4. Form A Habit
Studies show that it takes (around) 21 days to form a habit. Make your new year resolutions a habit- they’re easy to keep!
5. Set Mini Goals
If you’re goal is to lose 30 pounds- set mini goals to allow this to happen. For example, lose a certain amount each week or month, or go to the gym 4 times a week. If your goal is to save $10,000 this year- set small goals of saving a certain amount each week or month. Focusing on the smaller mini goals will make the “bigger” picture not so daunting. If you’re able to reach all of your mini goals- you will reach your big goal!
6. Reward Yourself
This will help keep you going when you feel like giving up. Did you reach one of your mini goals? Have a small reward! DId you reach one of your new year resolutions? A reward! Plan what your rewards are if you reach your goal(s).
7. Stay Positive
If you fail one day, keep going. If you don’t reach a mini goal, strive to meet the next. Don’t let one failure allow you to “throw in the towel.” Keep your head up and keep chuggin’.
8. Tell A Friend
Tell your friends and family what your goals are. Allow them to be involved, ask you how you’re doing, remind you, and keep you accountable. They might drive you crazy when they remind you that you’re suppose to be eating healthier, but you’ll thank them later!
9. Just Do It
Enough putting your goals on the back burner. Enough complaining. Enough procrastination. Decide what your goals are for the new year. Make them realistic, set mini goals, write them down and do it. Just do it.
Happy New Year To You! What’s your goal for the year?