Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

As the new year begins, many of us are filled with anticipation of what it will hold; and with that excitement, we will sit down and come up with new habits or goals we’d like to achieve in 2019. Common goals written include: eating healthy, working out more, saving money, losing some weight, and spending more time with family and friends.

With every goal penned down, the excitement grows and most of us think, “THIS is the YEAR! This year we are going to do better!”

Unfortunately, the willpower to complete all those wonderful goals often begins to diminish by the second or third week of January. And by February, most of us have totally abandoned our new goals and settled into old habits.

According to behavioral psychologists, there are a few tips we can use to make us more successful. One tip is to schedule your goal and set some exact indicators of success. For example, if your goal is to work out more, you are more likely to be successful if you say, "I will work out three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least 30 minutes, doing both cardio and resistance training." Then you know you will need to schedule time on each of those days for at least 30 minutes. This specificity makes it easier for anyone to see their goals and when you see yourself hitting the gym each of those days, you can count it as a success.

Another tip is to concentrate on one goal at a time. You can write down several goals each January 1st, but if you select a goal each month to emphasize, you are less likely to get overwhelmed by all the goals at once. So, in January, for example, your goal can be to workout three times per week; in February, you can add eating healthy and in March, you can add saving money. By the end of the year, you will have incorporated 12 new goals.

A final tip is to forgive yourself.

Life happens, and set-backs occur. When things don’t go as planned—forgive yourself and make a new start.

So, when you have a week where you can only get to the gym twice because of other demands in my life, you can acknowledge what happened and commit to hitting the gym for 45 minutes three times a week the following week to make up for that time.

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