Only about 8% of people in the US achieve their New Year’s resolutions. In particular, a large portion of the population gives up on their resolutions before the end of February, which means you may be one of the many that are about to give up on goals set earlier in the year. That’s why we at Wondries Toyota have gathered some tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.
Set Specific Goals
According to Forbes, one of the most important things to do is set specific goals. For example, instead of saying “I’m going to get in shape,” you should try to lose 10 pounds, run a 6-minute mile, or bench-press your weight. Make goals specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (something psychologists describe as the SMART strategy).
Next, be sure to have patience. You may not lose weight as quickly as you hope, or you may have trouble giving up bad habits. It’s important to remind yourself that progress takes time, and, if you break one of your resolutions, it’s also important to keep trying. Don’t let one failure set you back.
Finally, share your goals with friends and family. Having a support system will not only motivate you to change for the better, but it also provides a system of accountability. If you don’t tell anyone about your resolutions, you may feel less inclined to keep them. However, if someone knows that you’ve resolved to change, it’s usually harder to cheat.
These are just some of the things you can do to help you keep your resolutions. Good luck, and Happy New Year!