Guidelines for New Years’ Resolutions to Have a Prosperous Year Ahead!
Every new year people make a plan of what they want to change or improve upon for that year. This could be exercising more, traveling more, reading more, or even restoring fallen out relationships with loved ones. Regardless, although a lot of people make plans to stick to their resolution all year, most resolutions start hard in January, but by February are long gone.
To keep your New Year’s Resolution strong and on point all year, there are a few guidelines to remember when setting them.
1. Be Specific
Goals that are specific have a higher tendency of being achieved. Specific goals also allow you the opportunity to track your progress as you go. For example, a goal to “save money” is neither specific nor measurable. However, setting a goal to have $5,000 saved by June 1, 2020, is a resolution that can be measured and allows you to create a savings plan. Similarly, a goal to “lose weight” is not as specific as a goal to lose 50 pounds by August 28, 2020.
2. Have a Deadline
A specific resolution should be time-specific. The time could range from weeks to months, or by the end of 2020. Either way, making your resolutions time-sensitive raises the odds of achieving them.
3. Tell Others Your Goals
Telling family and close friends your goals for the new year helps to keep you accountable. A person is less likely to give up on a goal when they’ve told others their plans to achieve them. Your family and friends can help you monitor your progress and uplift you when you feel like quitting or when you are slacking.
4. Set Achievable Goals
A goal is an aim for the desired result. While it is important to set high goals, setting goals that are achievable is even more important. It’s a blow to self-esteem when you set a goal and wasn’t able to reach it. Therefore, setting goals that coincide with your timeline and specifications are always helpful.
5. Enjoy the Journey
At the end of the day, life is about accepting goals and challenges, choosing to keep moving forward despite failure, and savoring the journey. Making the road to your goal achievement as entertaining as possible will make you appreciate the work you’re putting into them. For example, if your goal was to run a 5k without stopping, then running on different paths or trails in different cities might make achieving that goal a little more fun.