It’s that time of year once again when we all make a list of New Year’s goals; strictly adhere to them for about a month, and then gradually fall back into our old patterns and behaviors. Keeping a New Year’s resolution can be tough. A promise made hastily, when you feel guilty after the holiday’s, can quickly be forgotten when you return to your normal routine in January.
Follow these steps to help you stay motivated and reach your goals for 2014.
Focus on One Resolution at a Time
Pick six habits to change in 2013 and concentrate on one at a time for two months each. Then break the desired behavior change into eight baby steps and tackle each a week at a time.
Set Realistic New Years Goals
Set goals that are reachable and realistic. If your goal isn’t one that is attainable, you are sure to become frustrated. Pick goals that you really want to reach and are motivated to achieve.
Write Down Your Goals
Writing things down on paper helps focus your energy on the target so be sure to write down all of your New Years goals. You may also want record your progress on paper or in a journal.
Plan Your Resolution in Advance
This will give you time to think about your goal and how to achieve it. Try not to repeat last year’s resolution. Or, if you do, at least pick a different technique to achieve it.
Buddy Up With a Friend
Working together with another person provides that extra motivation, support, and focus.
Each step you take toward your goal is a success. Be kind to yourself and reward your effort and hard work. Plan a reward for when you achieve your goal. This will give you something to focus on.
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Your resolutions are goals you will work on throughout the year. We’re all human and small steps backwards are not failures and should be expected. Just refocus yourself on getting back on track.
Remember that you’re in the process of accomplishing something that takes time, effort, and perseverance. The end result will be worth it.