It seems like every year when January rolls around, all the people around you begin thinking about their life and what they would like to improve. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, and if you’re like most people, there’s something about your life you’d like to do better. Unfortunately, out of all the people who make New Years Resolutions, few manage to actually keep them. People don’t have enough time, feel they’ve tried their best, or simply stop caring about their goals. There are ways, however, to accomplish your goals and improve your life by making the right New Year’s resolutions. Follow these simple steps and hopefully this year you won’t only make resolutions, you’ll be able to keep them as well.
Tip #1 Create reasonable goals. If you set a goal to lose 20 pounds a week or workout 6 hours a day, it’s not going to work. Set smaller goals for yourself. It’s fine to want to lose 20 pounds, but not all in one week. Decide upon a reasonable amount of time. For instance, make a goal to lose 2 pounds a week, which will mean you can lose 20 pounds in about 2 months. Plan to work out for an hour a few times a week. You don’t want to exhaust yourself or deprive yourself. This will cause you to become depressed and irritable. That defeats the purpose of making goals to improve you’re life. Don’t think too much about the larger goal. Focus on mini-goals. If you make unreasonable resolutions, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Tip #2 Ask for help. No one can get through life alone. Everyone needs help, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it. Needing help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It takes a strong person to ask for help. For instance, if you make a goal to volunteer at a homeless shelter once in awhile, ask somebody to do it with you. A spouse, a sibling, even your children. It’s a great way to learn about helping others and learn more about your family at the same time. It can be a bonding experience. Sticking to resolutions is much easier when you have other people by your side.
Tip #3 Reward yourself. All the work you do towards accomplishing your goals is something to be proud of. When you are successful, reward yourself. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with food. If you’re trying to go shopping less, don’t reward yourself with a shopping trip. Reward yourself with something that doesn’t involve the habit you’re trying to give up. If you make a resolution to spend more time with your mother, plan a special trip for just the two of you. Parents are important people and shouldn’t be a burden, but sometimes it’s hard to find time to spend with them. If you make it a priority to set time aside for them, you should be proud and a special trip is a reward for both of you.
Tip #4 Keep your eye on the prize. Even with small goals, sometimes it may seem like the goal is out of reach. When you feel this way, you need to find ways to motivate yourself to keep going and not give up. Giving up is the last thing you want to do. If you want to be promoted at your job and you feel like the work is just too hard for you, remember why you’re doing it. When you feel like quitting, keep reminding yourself why you’re working so hard. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to keep going and reach higher. Think about how great it will feel when you finally reach your goal and see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will all be worth it to experience that amazing feeling.
Tip #5 Get back up. If you fail to meet mini-goals or feel like you’ve made a mistake, it’s not the end. It’s never too late to start over. You want to become healthy. You want to become a better person, a better daughter, a better mother. If you feel like you’re failing to do those things, just keep going and try again. If you gave up your diet for a week and gained a few pounds, it’s not the end of the world. People are not perfect. Do not let yourself give in. Stay determined to meet that goal and improve your life.
The thought of making and keeping New Year’s resolutions may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to. In the end, you are in control. No one will make you keep you’re resolutions. They can support you and encourage you, but you are in charge of the end result. You have to force yourself to meet those goals and stick with your plans. It will be hard work. There’s no denying it. In the end, however, when you accomplish those goals, it will be worth all the hard work. You will accomplish your goals if you stick with it and stay determined. This year, finally make the decision that this is the year you’re going to change your life.