How To Create Resolutions That Stick
According to BusinessInsider.com, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Sounds accurate, right? Well, just because you’ve fallen off your game plans for new year goals in the past, doesn’t mean you can’t pick them right back up or set new ones. Here’s how to create New Year’s resolutions for 2018 that will stick:
Set specific workout goals
Been meaning to lose weight? Get more exercise in? That’s truly great! However, if you’re not specific about how you go about losing weight or how much you’d like to lose, your goal might not be stable enough to sustain through January. Find ways to plan out your goal - such as working out 4-5 times a week, or signing up for a marathon, or aiming to gain muscle mass. The more specific you are, the easier it is to plan, and the easier it is to keep up with.
Generally, everyone has at least one thing they’d love to do more of or improve upon in the new year. What’s yours? Do you want to finish a huge passion project by March, but don’t think you’ll start it until the end of February? That’s a bit ambitious -- unless you planned ahead and it makes sense. If anything, make it a point to improve your productivity, and add in time to at least work on your big goals in small pieces over a longer period of time.
Want to earn more money this coming year? Does the thought of working even harder than you did last year feel a bit daunting? Well, firstly, maybe it’ll just take some re-strategizing. For example, why not try saving money wisely? It could mean cutting down on buying coffee everyday or not eating out as much. You could also make a money-saving plan as well as pick up some reliable side jobs that’ll help you get more money. You may even aim to ask for a raise. Think of your options and make a plan.
Improve as a person
Sometimes, no matter how many goals we may plan and attempt to achieve, it comes down to habits and our own sets of pre-judgments. Maybe we just aren’t working out because we don’t believe we’ll really get fit. Maybe we aren’t productive because we aren’t able to let go of the comfort of laziness or routine. And maybe we’re too afraid of going after more money because we fear losing our current stability. The way towards achieving goals can first start with how you form your own perspectives about your potential. How are you limiting yourself? How can you start to believe in yourself more?