Achieving your New Year's Resolution

Posted by: Robert
Category: Healthy Living

With the coming of the new year, comes the new opportunities to make changes to your life to improve your physical, mental and emotional health by establishing a New Year’s Resolution. About 38.5% of American adults make a New Year’s Resolution, and of that percentage, less than 9% of them are successful with their resolution. 

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What is a new year’s resolution?

At the beginning of the year, one sets a goal to achieve for the year. This goal is typically aimed towards self improvement, but it can be applied to anything, such as business development and financial wellness. Resolutions can be customized to suit your needs, for instance, you can set the goal of losing weight or setting milestones such as losing 10 pounds every month. 

The most common resolutions include the following: losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money, spending less time on social media, spending more time with family and pursuing a new career. 

To help you with maintaining your resolution here are a few best practices:

Write, Plan, Track

Every goal or resolution begins with an idea. The best thing to do is to write down possible resolutions and plan how you’re going to achieve this goal. The best part is that this year, the new year fell close to a Monday, so if your resolution is still in your head, you still have a chance to get your goal in motion. Writing can also help when you get further into the year with your goal. Keep track of your progress by including notes and how you’re improving. 

Be Realistic With Your Goals

While there’s nothing wrong with establishing big goals for yourself, it’s important to recognize your short-term goal and your long-term goals. This will help with expectation management because if you set an unattainable goal then it will be hard for you to achieve and you could become discouraged. 

If you are able to reach smaller goals, it’ll be easier to cross those milestones with small victories under your belt. 

Create a Support Network

The most important thing for motivation is to surround yourself with individuals who share the same values with you. If your goal is to lose weight, you won’t be able to accomplish your goal if your friend group frequently goes out to eat out, because you’ll feel left out and feel obligated to eat with them. Alternately, seek out organizations at gyms or online that support and uplift individuals for gym progress. 

This doesn’t just apply to weight loss goals, this can be applied to any kind of goal. If your goal is to change careers, consider attending networking events and becoming more active on Linkedin to get your name out there. The best motivation is watching others have the same goals as yours. 

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