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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Client Care on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 5:17pm.

As the New Year rapidly approaches, many people are once again going through the motions of goal planning and setting their resolutions for the upcoming year. For some folks setting their resolution is nothing more than pipe dreaming and something that they know they will never accomplish.  For others, this is a pivotal time in which they wholeheartedly decide to make a serious change in their life.  And even still, there are other folks who choose goals and a resolution that they know can be accomplished without too much strife. In my opinion the best kind of goals and New Year’s resolutions are ones that combine a little of all three agendas. First of all, it is hard to have goals without dreams, but at the same time large accomplishments usually come in smaller doses of attainable achievements.  Here are some tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolution this 2014!

No matter what you choose for your 2014 New Year’s resolution, there are certain things you can do to help ensure you accomplish what you really want... Here is a list of ideas to help!

  • Set a measurable goal that can be accomplished in a reasonable time. For instance, losing 100 pounds over 12 months might not be all that practical, but losing 50 pounds is.
  • Do not set your sights too low. If your goal does not pose at least a slight challenge than what really makes it worthwhile or important in the first place.
  • Set specific time based rewards for your goal. So if eating healthier is your resolution, say that every four days you go without sugar or processed foods you will allow yourself one slightly unhealthy snack like half of your favorite cupcake.
  • Make your resolution public and try to align yourself with others who have the same goal. The world of social media means that you can pair up with anyone in the world to create a support group or become part of an already established group who is doing what you want to do.
  • Don't throw away your goal at the first falter. The old saying "to try again" should become your mantra.  So you skip a run one day or a whole week, the very next day presents a new opportunity and one that should come with self-forgiveness and a renewed sense of promise.
  • Make your goal trackable and hold yourself accountable. The smart phones of today make goal planning and time management easy, but there is just something more official about tangible charts and calendars. I suggest creating a large scale chart or calendar that is only dedicated to your goal in addition to scheduling it out on all your mobile devices and calendars with reminders.
  • Make your goal cost money. Losing or earning money is a huge motivator for people so if you can somehow align your goal with your cash flow you may find the additional drive to make sure it is accomplished. Either join a group that costs money, pay yourself a dollar a day for every day you fulfill your goal, or penalize yourself five bucks every day you skip out on it.

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