Now that the New Year has arrived, many of us have set resolutions, or goals, for 2015. While this is a great idea, only 8% of people actually successfully reach their goals, according to the University of Scranton. To help you keep you New Year’s resolutions, here are a few simple tips.
- Set progress goals instead of outcome goals. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 50 pounds,” set a goal along the lines of, “I will eat more vegetables and exercise five days a week.”
- Make short-term goals towards your long-term goal. A year is a long time, try setting goals for each week or month. This will make your resolution more manageable.
- Make time for your goal. If you want to learn a new skill, but don’t plan any time to take classes or study, then it won’t happen.
- Celebrate your accomplishments. When you’ve made some progress on your goals, celebrate it. Just don’t make your reward counter to your ultimate goal (eating a whole chocolate cake when you’re trying to live healthier).
- Modify your goals. If you’re finding yourself discouraged, you can always change your goals. If saving $100 a month is too much, cut it down to $75 or $50. You can always increase your goals again as you get better.
If you’re looking for a resolution for your car, consider getting all of your scheduled maintenance done on time or driving within the speed limit. Did you set a New Year’s resolution for 2015?by