So many of us take the beginning of a new year to reflect on our lives and set goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately for most of us, those resolutions stay more of a dream than a reality.
Research from the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology shows that only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolutions. With these five helpful tips and tricks, you will be on your way to reaching for your goals for 2018 in no time.
Believe in Yourself. Believe that you are capable and will reach your goal. A resolution is a goal for a reason, they aren’t meant to be easily reached. If it were easy to achieve then you would already have done it by now. Believe in yourself that you will achieve your goals and that will give you motivation when times get tough. Don’t look at your slip-ups and failures. No one is perfect.
Set time for your Resolution. We all live very busy lives and sometimes it is difficult to find time for things you enjoy let alone your resolution. Set a dedicated time in your calendar or planner when you will work on your resolution. For example, if your resolution was to eat a healthier diet, set aside a time during the week to meal plan and make a grocery list. That way instead of trying to make healthy decisions on the spot you have a game plan of what to buy and what you plan to cook.
Short term goals. Short-term goals are way less intimidating and seem much more doable than a daunting goal that seems very far away. Try to break up your resolution to things you can do daily or weekly, that way if you stay on track with your short goals you know you are on the way to achieving your long-term ones.
Keep records. Writing down where you are with your resolution every day or every other day will help you see your progress and keep your resolution fresh in your mind. If keeping a journal isn’t your style there are tons of apps that can help you keep track of it all. Tracking your progress also gives you the opportunity to celebrate your small victories.
Be realistic. If your resolution isn’t panning out exactly like you planned, instead of getting discouraged and giving up, try and figure out specifically what is going wrong. Identify the problem, try to find a solution and set realistic goals around your progress, and consider reshaping your goal to be actionable.