Thinking of a New Year’s Resolution that will last longer than 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months? If this is you, you are not alone! According to the *U.S. News & World Report, about 80 percent of those who make a New Year’s Resolution fail by mid-February.
Why is a New Year’s Resolution so hard to keep? Maybe you are making it unrealistic, vague, or without a clear purpose.
Any long-term plan, not just a New Year’s Resolution, should be made with purpose, specific and realistic steps, and ways to motivate yourself. Take a look at the five steps that can help you succeed with your New Year’s Resolution this year.
1. Think of the “Why.” Whether you are trying to do more or less of something, why do you want to change? What do you get out of sticking to this resolution? How badly do you want this change? In other words, how much of something would you be willing to give up, to achieve it? Try organizing your thoughts before committing to make a change.
2. Be specific. The more specific your plans are, the easier it is to achieve it. What goal are you trying to reach? What will you do to achieve it? How do you measure the success of your resolution? How will you handle the temptation to quit or loss of motivation? Come up with your own answers to these questions and journal it.
3. Be realistic. We all have a life we dream about. We want to achieve great things in our lives. Take small steps. If you try to take big jumps and make big changes in a short time, it is highly likely that you will get tired and quit. Your plans should start with slow, gradual changes that you can stick to.
4. Reward Yourself. Come up with a way to reward yourself when you have achieved the success you defined. Celebrate your effort and what you’ve done! This reward will also serve as your motivation to keep going.
5. Make it a Lifestyle. If you stick to your resolution for about three weeks, it will become a habit. If you push yourself for about six months, it will become part of your personality and lifestyle. At this point, consider it a success and keep living it!
Here are a few healthy and achievable New Year’s Resolution ideas for you to get started.
– Wear sunscreen every time you go outside.
– Wanting to learn something? Take classes or go back to school. It’s never too late! You could research options in your community that would work for your budget.
– Cut back on alcohol. It’s for your body AND wallet!
– Keep a routine sleeping schedule.
– Create a healthy stress management method that works for you and use it when you are stressed out.
– Take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators whenever possible.