Remodel Your Resolutions
The New Year often feels like a new beginning and a chance to create big change. Eating better, losing weight, improving finances, and quitting smoking are popular goals this time of year. Traditionally, we pile all of our desired changes into a single to-do list, so it should come as no surprise that only 8% of Americans report success with their New Year’s resolutions. Experts have found that success is more likely when you focus on one goal at a time.
Give your resolutions a makeover–here are a few tips to help you knock 2016 out of the park!
- Make a plan. Instead of jotting down a list of things you’d like to change, pick one goal and create a plan that will help you get there. Keep it specific so that you do not lose focus, and measurable to ensure you’re able to track progress along the way. For example, if you’d like to increase your physical activity, start with a goal of “working out X times a week for X amount of time” and slowly build upon your successes.
- Focus on building better habits. Once your plan is fine-tuned, determine the habits that you’ll need to cultivate to succeed. For example, say you want to improve your gym attendance. Create a workout schedule, schedule time to exercise, and visualize what that success looks like to you. Commit to the process, and release the need for immediate results. Check-in with yourself and evaluate what is and isn’t working for you.
- Celebrate your successes, big and small. You’ve done it! You went to the gym twice a week for one month! Share your success with friends and reward yourself.
- Change it up. Is your plan not working? Determine what parts of your goal need tweaking to keep you on track. Setbacks are just as important to your journey, health or otherwise. Learn from these experiences, and you’ll be more prepared for future challenges along the way.