Each New Year everyone celebrates a fresh start, the past year, and the year to come. For many, the New Year also brings along those New Year’s Resolutions. However, on average only 8% of people achieve their resolutions each year. But, that shouldn’t be a deterrent from making goals—because it is possible to achieve them. Here are some tips to help grow that low 8% of people who keep their resolutions:
Make your New Year’s Resolutions simple
Don’t try to do something that is impossible with your current life. Make sure you have the means and time, or will eventually, to complete New Year's resolutions. While goals should push you to be better, they should be somewhat realistic so they are possible to achieve and make you better in 2015.
Be specific with your New Year's resolutions
Just saying that you want to “do better at work, spend more time with your family, or actually grow a garden” won’t do you much good. You need to be clear about how you are going to accomplish these goals. Be specific about how you’re going to do them, and how you are going to measure success. Make a list of ways you will interact with your family more, like planning weekly phone calls or scheduled dinners. If you want to do better at work—have your success be measured by the next performance review. Be clear about what you want and how you are going to keep your New Year's resolutions.
Reward yourself along the way
Don’t see your New Year’s resolution as something that can’t be rewarded until its finished. Gives yourself gifts or congratulations for small achievements. Acknowledge how you are working to complete the goal, and be proud of yourself for that. If you knock yourself until you are that ideal weight, then you might never reach it. Instead, be proud of every positive turn it takes for you to complete a resolution.
Have a support system that knows about your New Year’s Resolution
Try not to just rely on yourself to stay in check with your New Year's resolutions. Have a friend or family member help to remind you to stay on track, or even just be your personal cheerleader. Just having someone else who knows your goals will help you work harder to keep them.
Know you will probably fail
No one is perfect, and you might lose sight of your New Year’s resolutions at times, but don’t just give it up! If you slack off on your diet or family time, just try harder the next month. As much as a New Year is a perfect time to start a new goal—you can change habits or create resolutions whenever you want. Each day is a new day to make positive decisions in your life.