With 2018 now upon us, you’ve probably set a few New Year’s Resolutions. Keeping those resolutions for more than a few weeks and actually achieving them can be challenging, but if you’re serious about changing some habits to be a healthier, happier version of you, here are some tips to keep you on track.
● If you have a big, audacious goal, break it down into smaller goals that are milestones on your way to success. For example, if you want to lose 30 pounds, set a goal of one or two pounds per week for four to five months. That way you will be encouraged by your successes and not overwhelmed.
● Make a plan for success. It is easy to say “I want to save $200 per month” but when the bills are all paid and there’s nothing left over, you can’t do it. Make a plan by writing down how you will find that $200 each month, by trimming a few dollars from the grocery bill, adjusting the thermostat to save on the electric bill, biking or walking to save on your gas expense, etc. Doing little things will add up quickly. And if you don’t reach the $200 in the first month, don’t be discouraged – just put aside what you did save and then look at what more you can do the next month.
● Setting boundaries is a popular resolution these days. Whether that’s at work, at home, or in social circles, saying No can be difficult, especially if you’re the type who usually says Yes. Start off with little No’s to see how it feels. Decline the birthday party invitation of your child’s classmate if they are not close friends. Tell your coworker that you will be happy to help with their client project but only after you finish yours. Set limits on video game time at home by saying No to your child’s millionth request for the tablet. Then, when you are asked to chair the PTA fundraising committee and you really do not want to do it, you’ll be able to decline much easier.
● If your resolution is to learn a new skill, for work or pleasure, choose something that excites you. This one is probably the most achievable as well as the one that can help change you for the better, so it is a great goal to set. The best part is, if you start learning the new skill and decide it is really not for you, you can always choose a different activity. You will still be learning something new, it just might be different!
Here’s to a new year full of excitement and success!