New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to kick off the new year and set yourself up for success. But they can also be a huge source of stress and worry if you’re not careful. The good news is that we’ve compiled some tips that will help make sure your resolutions aren’t just good intentions but become a reality!
The Importance of Having achievable Resolutions
It’s important to have realistic resolutions. Of course, you can’t be perfect, so don’t expect yourself to be. However, if you have a goal that is too big or needs to focus on something realistic for your life, it won’t work out well in the long run.
When setting goals, think about how you will track your progress and plan to achieve them. For example, if you want to lose weight by next summer, start today by eating better foods than junk food (or anything else high-calorie). If this seems too difficult right now, but someday soon, after some hard work and dedication towards making lifestyle changes, great! It means there will be more opportunities coming up later down the road. When things are easier than they seem now because we’ve been doing something different, which led us here where we could see what works best for us based on our experiences thus far, so let’s keep going until we get there!”
Set Realistic and Specific Goals
Setting realistic goals is the first step to achieving your New Year’s resolutions. This activity can be tough because we all want to be successful, but it’s important not to set impossible expectations for yourself.
Consider what success looks like: If you want to lose weight, do you need 10 pounds or 50? Do certain financial goals sound more attainable than others? Then, make sure that whatever goal you choose is achievable and beneficial for your life—and not just how much money comes in from selling those extra brownie points at work (which leads us to our next point.
Create a Timeline for Your Goals
A timeline is a graphic representation of your goal. Creating a timeline is easy; you can use it to see how long you need to achieve your goals visually. For example:
To build up the strength in my legs, I want to run 5 miles every day for four weeks.
Or: To lose weight and get back into shape after having kids (who have been eating everything), I’m going to exercise 3x a week for 30 minutes each time around!
Write Down Your Resolutions
Before you begin, take a moment to think about what your goals are for the next year. Write them down on paper or in your mind to refer back to them during difficult times. Your resolution should include the following:
- Where do I want my life in 12 months?
- What do I have to do to achieve this goal?-What is the first step I need to take? Who can help me achieve my goal
Share Your Resolutions with a Trusted Person
A great way to stay on track is to share your goals with someone you know will support you through the process. This person can be a friend or family member, but also someone in your community who has achieved similar goals and can provide encouragement.
Another benefit of sharing your goals with another person is that it helps keep you accountable for achieving them! The more people know what you’re doing and why the easier it will be for them to hold themselves accountable!
One thing I’ve found helpful when working towards a goal is having someone else hold me accountable for my progress—my husband, who always asks me, “How far along are we?” when he sees something new in our house (like an updated fridge). Having him help track how much time has passed since I started on this project allows me to go over what needs to be done next, so there isn’t any confusion later on down the road.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Holding yourself accountable is a crucial part of achieving your goals. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of starting something new and forget that you have to do the work. The key is to remember that no one else will do it for you—you have to take ownership of your life, or else nothing will change for the better.
You don’t need fancy tools or apps for this; you only need yourself! So first, think about what makes sense for your lifestyle: if it’s too difficult or boring, try finding other ways (like joining an exercise program) until something clicks. A great way around this challenge is by setting small but achievable goals with bigger ones, so there is always room for improvement.
Celebrate Your Successes
Celebrating your successes is a great way to keep up the momentum and ensure you don’t get discouraged by setbacks. If you’ve done something for a while, it’s natural to feel like a success when it finally comes together. But don’t let that feeling of accomplishment become overwhelming—instead, celebrate your wins!
- Celebrate what you’ve achieved this year: You might get away with buying cupcakes at work or setting goals that are easier than usual (like going on vacation instead of eating out every night). A new habit will form if there’s no pressure associated with it, so try not to do things just because they’re easy but important parts of your life plan.
- Give yourself credit for making progress. You can do this credit formally by writing down what achievements have been made recently. Sharing them with friends or family members who may be supportive enough not only beg but also buy into those successes too (because, let’s face it – everyone loves seeing other people succeed).
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Don’t let your friends or family be too hard on you.
If you’re not achieving your new year’s resolutions, don’t beat yourself up—move forward and try again next year!
I know it can be hard to keep up with your new year’s resolutions, and it’s easy to feel discouraged when they don’t come to fruition. But don’t let that discourage you from trying again next year! The important thing is that you’re taking steps toward improving yourself—even if those are small.
There are plenty of reasons why it takes a lot of work to keep up with your new year’s resolutions. You may feel too busy to devote time to self-improvement; you may not know where to start.
Remember that your goal isn’t to be perfect. It’s to get started and progress on what you want in your life. If you feel like giving up at any point, take a break and return with renewed vigour! It’s important to have a plan and stay accountable so that no one else can do it for you. Finally, remember that celebrating every milestone along the way is just as important as achieving them in the first place—so don’t forget about yourself while doing so!