Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

On January 6, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

New years graphicEvery year it’s the same. We come up with new resolutions. Things like, lose weight, save more money, and be a better spouse are among the most common. Don’t get me wrong, these are all great goals to have. But according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology only 8% of people stick to their resolutions every year! That’s a flat out grim rate. Here are a few examples to help you stick to your resolutions this year and increase your chances of success.

One Step at a Time

It’s the new year and you penned up a freshly minted list of 20 resolutions. This is your year. Big changes on the horizon. You are going to tackle everything all at once, right? WRONNGGGG! You are wrong. So, so wrong. Piling up everything all at once is not the way to go. If you slip on one thing, you are more likely to give up on everything else, throwing around the phrase, “There’s always next year.”  Pick a select few resolutions to work on this year.

Have (and become) an accountability partner

Whether it’s moving into a new place, playing a pickup game of basketball, or putting together a desk with no instructions, doing it alone is never easy (or fun). Same goes with your new year’s resolutions. Be sure to have an accountability partner. Someone (friend or significant other) who will take your new goals seriously and hold you accountable. Try to become an accountability partner for someone else. Being responsible for another’s resolutions will make you more likely to take your own more seriously.

Be Patient

Take your time. Don’t get discouraged by one slip up. Slip-ups happen. “I ate a burger today on my new diet. Oops! I might as well give up.” NO! Bad form! Let a slip-up be just that. A slip-up. Don’t let it be the end all be all. So take your time. It’s a long year.

Think About Others

This resembles the old adage, “It’s better to give than to receive.” Try to make one of your resolutions involve helping others. This can be a variety of things from volunteering, donating, giving blood, even opening the door for others. Small acts of kindness go a long way.

Specific & Manageable Goals

This could be one of the most important things to remember. Vague resolutions often don’t work. Things like “Lose Weight.” Anyone could lose a pound by accident in 365 days. Does that mean you stuck to your resolution? Probably not. Set specific goals. Turn a resolution like, “Volunteer more”, into something like “Join a Schoharie County Committee and actively attend the monthly meetings.”   

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