December 31st will soon be here, and it will be time to reminisce about what 2017 had in store for you. It will also be a time to set goals and resolutions for 2018. What many people don’t realize is 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and only 8% of resolutions will actually be seen through the end of 2018. While January is a great time of year to reset and think about ways to improve your lifestyle, there are several mistakes people make when doing so, often causing the resolutions to fall to the wayside shortly after the new year. Check out these tips to ensure your resolution has a better chance of being achieved.
– Set a concrete goal. Want to lose weight? That’s a great resolution. To help you be more successful, set the specific amount of weight you would like to lose. Want to drink less coffee? Explicitly say you want to go from four cups a day to two. Being too vague often allows people to easily make excuses and justifications that result in giving up on a resolution.
– Start small. One significant reason New Year’s resolutions fail is because people jump in with both feet. And while that may work for some people, there is a large majority of people that doesn’t work for. For instance, maybe you have set a goal of becoming a runner for your resolution. This is a great goal and many people see benefits from running. Instead of going from never running to running a mile the first time, start by running for a minute and then walking for a minute. These small steps will help your goal seem more achievable and allow you to build towards the larger goal.
– Anticipate missteps. We are all human. Mistakes will be made! Anticipating these mistakes and knowing that you will have some “oopses” along the way will help safeguard failure. Just because you ate the piece of cake when you should have had broccoli doesn’t mean you need to quit the diet! You can always start fresh the next day.
– Make your resolution measurable. There are lots of great apps out there that help you track things from what you eat to how you exercise. There are also apps that help you quit smoking. But what if there isn’t an app for your resolution? Find a way that works for you to help keep track of the progress you are making like taking pictures or jotting down the progress in a journal. Take time to go back and reflect on how you have changed. Having this concrete evidence to show how far you come will help you make it through those days of wanting to give up.
These are just a few of the ways you can be sure that you are setting yourself up for success in 2018! Follow these tips and you should be able to achieve all that you set out to in the year to come!