2016 New Year’s Resolutions

New years day pixabayIt’s that time of year again. Want a better you?  As it turns out, about half of us set a New Year’s resolution.

I know that for many years I set resolutions: lose weight, get healthy, save money.  By February those ideas faded.  Sometimes I didn’t even make it to February. I decided to do some research to see if this year could be different.

What I learned is that most people make their resolutions too broad.  Get healthy and save money are not specific enough. The key for success is to make your resolutions small and specific first.

For example:

Your resolution is to get healthy.  Start out with “I will start walking 10 minutes a day.”

Your resolution is to save money.  Start out with “I will deposit $10 into my savings account each week.”

By changing the vague resolution into a specific goal, you increase your chance for success.

The four most important things to make your New Year’s resolution successful are:

  1. Pick only one resolution at a time, and select the one that’s most important to you.
  2. Take baby steps.  If saving money is your goal, but $25 is too much, save $5, or save your change.
  3. Hold yourself accountable.  Share your goals with your support system for encouragement when you think you might need it.
  4. Reward yourself.  This can increase your chance of success.

Go easy on yourself. Realize that you may have set backs.  Keep at it. Try to stay strong and keep a positive outlook.

Best wishes for 2016!

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