Resolutions to Make, Not Break

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by Ann Holtzapple on January 6th, 2015

5 Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals in 2015

The last few crumbs of fruitcake have disappeared and the champagne bottles are drained. In other words, there’s nothing left standing between you and your New Year’s resolution. The sad truth is that a staggering 92 percent of people don’t achieve their goals for the upcoming year. But these five tips can help you beat the statistics and come out a New Year’s resolution winner.

1. Make the Right Solution
Setting the right goal is the most critical way to keep it. Don’t be hasty when picking out this year’s resolutions; instead, take time to decide on one that’s worth a 100 percent commitment.

The broader the goal, the more wiggle room you have to slide. Don’t just say you want to “exercise more” or “eat healthier.” Drill as far down into the details as possible: do you want to walk for thirty minutes every day? Or eat at least seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables?

And it’s not just specific goals that matter, but also specific tactics to reach them. Schedule daily activities into your calendar to help keep yourself on track.

2. Do It For You
If your sole motivation is to lose weight because your doctor told you to or eat healthier for your kids, you’re setting yourself up for slip-ups and backslides. Rather than attempting to fulfill other people’s needs through your resolution, commit to fulfilling only your own. Consider what you really want to change about yourself. The stronger your rationale, the better your chances are of reaching your goals.

Sharing your goals, however, can offer both accountability as well as a support system so go ahead and let friends and family members in on your resolution.

3. Identify Challenges
If achieving our goals was easy, we wouldn’t need New Year’s resolutions. It’s hard work, and many obstacles stand in the way. Take time to identify each of these challenges and come up with specific strategies to conquer them. Write them down and update them regularly.

4. Be Realistic
The main things that stands between us and our New Year’s resolutions? Our own ambitions. We live in a “we want it all, and we want it now,” culture. Unfortunately the instant gratification mindset is inherently ephemeral.

Rather than setting a lofty goal that will be next-to-impossible to execute, commit to baby steps. Smaller goals are not only attainable, but can help you enjoy the feeling of success as you go…which is motivation in itself.

It’s also essential to give yourself enough time to succeed. Long-term perspectives lead to long-term results.

5. Track Your Progress
Achieving your New Year’s resolution is not “all or nothing.” There will be setbacks. Use these as a reason to reassess your goals, not as an excuse to quit.

Tracking your progress can also help you avoid the “snowball effect,” in which one bad decision leads to another. Taking things one day at a time and forgiving yourself for the occasional backslide can help you keep your eye on the prize.

Ultimately, even the best intentions fail if you have the wrong goal or inadequate means to pursue the right New Year’s resolution goal. These five tips can help claim proud status in that elusive eight percent!


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