New Year’s Resolutions: How to Keep Them

We’re nearing that time of the year when people start forming their New Year’s resolutions. After Thanksgiving and Christmas, people commonly make weight loss their goal for the upcoming year. Some people want to save money, and some want to limit technology usage. If you’re looking for some ideas for your resolution, here’s a link to a video of  “50 New Years Resolutions Ideas for 2018”. The problem for most people, however, is following through with their resolution – not making it. Only eight percent of people achieve their goals for the new year. This is staggeringly low for a variety of reasons. It’s likely because people want to completely reinvent themselves, and they want it to happen ridiculously fast. Below are some tips on how to truly succeed in your goals for 2019.

1. Keep it simple!

Setting big goals for yourself is great, but this can also cause you to become discouraged. You may want to be the boss or manager of your current job, but that’s a big jump. Start by splitting it up into small goals. Over the course of a few months, focus on doing extra work. For the months after that, focus on applying your leadership skills. Eventually these things will add up, and you’ll be more likely to get your promotion.

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2. Make a plan.

Your goals won’t make themselves happen. You need a plan so that you can be as consistent as possible. Want to read more? Plan a time that you want to set aside for reading every night. If you don’t plan it beforehand, you’ll be watching a movie instead and saying, “I’ll read later”. In the end, something will come up later, and you’ll go out with your friends and forget all about reading.

3. Write it down.

Neuroscience studies have proven that you are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down. This is because you are “vividly” describing them and picturing them. You’re also doing something called “encoding” when you write these goals down in detail. This basically means you’re helping your brain put this goal in its long term memory. So yeah… just write it down!

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4. Utilize your friends.

Get your friends to join in with you! If you all have the same goal, you can hold each other accountable. Weren’t planning on going to the gym today? Well, your friend is, so get off the couch!

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5. Keep at it!

People tend to give up easily. If you take a week off, don’t give up completely. Get back at it the next week. You know what they say; it takes twenty one days to form a habit.

Make your New Year’s resolution this year a good one, and more importantly, achieve it this year! No more excuses! Let’s make 2019 the year that we raise that eight percent!

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