As the days pass by and 2017 looms nearer and nearer, the need for creating a new year’s resolution mounts. We should start asking ourselves, “What should I change this coming year?”
However, a lot of people go through the problem of not being able to achieve their goals. While part of the issue may lie within the person them self, oftentimes the very thing keeping us from attaining the resolution is the resolution itself.
Spurred on by feelings of seasonal determination, a lot of us often set up long-term goals that we may not realize are easier said than done. We may say things like “I’ll lose weight” or “I’ll read more books” without truly considering the steps that we have to climb to get to that goal.
Now’s the time to put an end to that.
Here we’ll discuss how we can better set ourselves – and our new year’s resolutions – up for success. Check out our tips below:
Set one realistic goal
The incoming new year is a great symbol for a new beginning, and sometimes it may inspire us just a little bit too much, especially when it comes to creating our resolutions. That said, we should always keep ourselves grounded and only set one big goal per year.
An important tip: when creating the ‘big goal’, make sure it’s a SMART one. That is, it has to be:
- S – Significant.
- M – Meaningful.
- A – Action-oriented.
- R – Reasonable. Rewarding.
- T – Time-bound. Trackable.
Gain support from friends and family
There’s nothing quite like the support of our loved ones during challenging times, and the same could be said for those who are trying to attain their new year’s resolutions. Tell everyone about your goals, and instruct them to check up on you every now and then. Not only will this give you a sense of accountability, but it will also keep you reminded of what you’re truly trying to strive for this year!
Use visual reminders
Don’t rely on others exclusively to remind you about your goals. Instead, find ways to remind yourself, too. There are a myriad of ways you can do so. You can use:
- Sticky notes
- Your smartphone
- A daily journal
- Handwritten signs
To make things more fun, don’t limit yourself to simply writing your goal down. Perhaps spice it up with an inspirational quote or a photo of someone who’s already done something similar to what you’re trying to achieve.
Take baby steps
Progress is never instantaneous – otherwise it would be called results. That said, make sure to remember that you have the right to take your time with your goals. Break down what you have to do on a daily basis and achieve that first before thinking about the goal as a whole in itself.
Achieving our new year’s resolutions may sometimes be an exercise in patience, but in the end it’s definitely worth it should you achieve it. As long as you employ the SMART method, get your friends and family involved, remind yourself every now and then, and break down your goal properly, you are bound to succeed this coming 2017. Good luck!