New Year, New You

Here it is, the new year. 2019. With the new year comes new goals and hopes in accomplishing something to make this year better than 2018. However, as studies show, a majority of people fail or give up on their new year’s resolutions by February. Why is that? Are the goals set too high? Are we not as committed to changing? It could be a number of different things, but the fact still remains, we aren’t following through with accomplishing what we want to.

Do your resolutions follow this list of some of the most popular 2019 resolutions?

  1. Eat Healthier/Diet
  2. Exercise more
  3. Lose weight
  4. Save more money and spend less
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby
  6. Read more
  7. Find another job
  8. Spend more time with family and friends

With the resolutions in place, it’s time to actually accomplish them. There will be times of disappointment and dismay as goals don’t get met or things just aren’t going as planned. However, there are ways to make these resolutions more achievable. PsychCentral published an article that gives 10 Sure Ways to to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions. In a nutshell: keep resolutions simple and achievable. Too often, goals are set too high. When that happens, the high hopes of change get shattered as unrealistic expectations take place.

Setting milestones can also play a big role in achieving resolutions. If one simply says they want to lose 15 pounds by summer and then July comes out of nowhere and they haven’t really done anything about their weight-loss goal, what is the point of setting the goal in the first place? Having incremental milestones help motivate and break down the big picture into smaller, achievable changes that happen throughout the year.

There may be setbacks this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel. Simplify your goals, stay committed, and become a better you!