Make 2018 your best year yet by keeping to your New Year’s Resolutions.
If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’re probably thinking about making a New Year’s resolution now that we’re nearing the end of the year. From losing weight to getting organized, spending less and saving more, and enjoying life to the fullest, we often make grand plans every January.
As it turns out, only 8 percent of us will be successful and keep these resolutions all year round. If you’re determined to make it work this year, don’t let the statistic dishearten you. Check out these ways on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Make specific goals. You may decide that you want to save money in 2018. However, to make the goal achievable and motivational, turn it into a specific goal. Instead of saying that you want to save money, say how much money you want to save. You can even break this down into bite-size chunks to make it more reachable, for example, ‘I’m going to save $200 a month.’ Once you have a figure and a goal in mind, you can work out how you’re going to reach it, whether you skip your daily specialty coffee or carpool to work to save fuel costs.
Make your goal public. Tell friends and family about your goals for the New Year. Not only can your loved ones offer support when you’re wavering, but public commitments are generally more successful than private decisions.
Make it part of your lifestyle. You don’t have to think about your New Year’s resolutions as giving up what you love. For example, if you want to lose weight, you don’t have to look at it as all doom and gloom. Instead, build a healthy behavior that’s compatible with the one you want to change. If eating your midday treat isn’t going to help you lose weight, swap it for a ‘good’ behavior, such as going for a walk or snacking on carrots and hummus. This mentality will help your resolution become a part of your daily habits.
Track your progress. Record or chart your progress. This helps to determine where you started and every step towards your goal will help to motivate you to get there. This form of self-monitoring increases the probability of keeping your resolution.