For many, January is a chance to start over. Many of us make resolutions every January, but life happens and they’re broken. People start out with a fierce determination to lose weight or to get in shape, and that intensity burns out quickly. Some people keep their resolutions, but it’s hard. It is with that in mind, that I write. The following are a list of tips to help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Set Realistic Goals: This time of year people set goals, and they get overzealous. People set the bar too high, or they make too many goals. When making New Year’s Resolutions think practically, and factor in your prior commitments. One excuse for not following through with resolutions is that people get busy, and they don’t have time to work on their goals. It is better to make one goal and follow through, than it is to make several and end up breaking them.
2. Know What It Will Take to Reach your Goals: Think about what it will take to achieve them. Think of your goal, and then decide what steps you need to take in order to achieve them. If one of your goals is to run a marathon in 2014, step 1 might be to start by walking everyday. After a certain length of time you can progress to running everyday, and you might also consider running a 5k, and then progress from there.
3. Write Out Your Resolutions: This goes without saying, but get out a pen and out your New Year’s Resolutions. Put them in a place where you will see them. Go back to your list of New Year’s Resolution everyday, and reflect on them. Think about what you are doing to help you achieve your goal. If you have gotten off track, think about what you need to do get back into the groove of things.
4. Enlist Supporters: Share your New Year’s Resolutions with people that will hold you accountable, and be willing to do the same for them. No one is nearly as effective in reaching a goal on their own. We are much better off if we have people to help us along the way.
5. Reward Yourself: If you are doing well, and you are on the way to achieving your resolutions, find a way to reward yourself. These rewards will serve as motivation to keep going, and they will make it easier to achieve your goals.
Hopefully, at the end of all this you will come out on top. It is my desire to see people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, and I pray that 2014 will be the year that you come on top. Thanks for reading.