With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, millions of Americans across the United States are all faced with same question – what should my New Year’s resolution be?
Believe it or not, research shows that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. However, as we know, it’s not easy to keep your resolutions as changing one’s lifestyle can be extremely difficult.
Whether your resolution is to quit smoking, lose weight or curb drinking, the following strategies will help you succeed, which could 2014 your healthiest, happiest year yet.
Stick to One Goal
Often times, we try to accomplish too many things at once, which can be difficult to manage. Instead, set your eyes on one goal at a time, and if it is a big one, break it down into smaller steps.
Set Specific Goals
Board, umbrella-like resolutions are difficult to keep because progress is hard to track and try to accomplish too much at once.
For example: “eat better”, “lose weight”, “manage finances” or “save money”
Instead, narrow down your resolution into one specific goal or set-up multiple goals through the course of the year. This way, you always have something attainable to focus on that doesn’t seem too far off.
For example: “lose 15 pounds by May”, “put at least 200 dollars into savings account each month” or “work out at least 45 minutes five times a week”
Use the Buddy System
When setting your resolution, consult with a few close friends or family members who will be honest with you while keeping you on track.
Also, if someone close to you shares a similar goal, you can be each other’s “resolution buddy”, which could increase both of your success rates since each of you share similar end results.
Keep a Journal
According to a recent study by Stanford University, people who write down their goals are 70 percent more likely to success than those who don’t keep a journal.
Give Yourself Daily Reminders
A key strategy to effectively keep your resolution is to have it always on your mind. This can be done by leaving visual reminders all around your house, work-space, on your phone or in your car.
For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, place a motivational sticky note on your refrigerator door. This will make you think twice before eating something you shouldn’t eat.
Focus on the Process
There’s a common misconception that change can happen overnight, which often isn’t the case. In fact, most unhealthy habits take at least 21 days to break, so be patient.
Starting off with small, simple goals could build up your confidence to achieve larger goals in the future. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
And finally, don’t be afraid of making New Year’s resolution. With a little willpower and determination, you can finally succeed at achieving your resolution. Achieving one’s resolution could also improve your health and increase longevity, which can qualify you for a lower life insurance premium.