Make (and keep) New Year’s Resolutions.
Did you know that more than half of all resolutions fail? That doesn’t mean that you have to. In fact, identifying the right resolution can improve your life. Here’s how to reach it—or them, if you’re planning on more than one—and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal(s).
Pick the Right Resolution
You’ll give yourself your best shot at success if you set a goal that’s doable—and meaningful too.
Find a Community
You don’t need to do it alone, especially if your resolution starts in the New Year when you’ll have plenty of company in trying to make a life change. You don’t necessarily need to find a special group, but you should let a person or two know that you’re setting a goal. You can also use social media to make your goal public, like posting on Facebook that you will run a 10k by March, along with updates of your progress.
Leap Over Resolution Hurdles
No one’s perfect, and your quest for your resolution won’t be either. But you can get back on track. So before hurdles get in your way, make sure you have a plan to jump over them.
Create Your Plan
Your end goal won’t just magically appear. Figure out how to get there. If you’re trying to form or break a habit, break down that habit into its three parts: a cue, a routine and a reward.
If You Miss Your Goal
You didn’t fail. You’re your own experiment, so here’s what to try on your second, third or 20th attempt. First and foremost: If you fail at your resolution attempt, don’t beat yourself up,and know you’re not alone. Remember to be kind to yourself and that aresolution doesn’t need to be tied to New Years.