Tips for Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2020? What will make this year better? With the right planning and motivation, you can be set to find success!

Many people see the turn of a new year as a chance to start anew, to make the coming year in some way better than the last. While it’s great to set goals and work hard to achieve them, be sure they are not too hard to reach or you may find yourself getting discouraged or discarding them all-together.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Many people choose to drink less alcohol, get a better education, get a better job, get fit, lose weight, manage debt, manage stress, quit smoking, save money, take a trip, volunteer to help others, and spend more time with family and friends.

Whatever your goals, with the right planning you can be set to succeed. This article will share some tips for setting realistic goals and achieving them by maintaining the right motivation.

  • Take notes: First of all, get out a pen and paper and get ready to write down your resolutions for the new year. Put the note somewhere you can read it often to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish.
  • Choose the right resolution: Think about what you want and why. Make sure it is a goal you are serious about and only choose goals that are realistic and attainable.
  • Make a plan: List specific steps and plans for how you will reach your goal. Without a plan you are not likely to succeed.
  • Goal date: When applicable, set a date for when you want to reach your goal. This will help you breakdown what needs to happen before that date to obtain your goal.
  • Stay motivated to keep going: Now that you have a plan for how to reach your goals, keep at it! Perhaps find support from a friend who has a similar resolution. Track your success and note your progress to reaching your goal to keep you motivated.
  • Be flexible when needed: For some reason or another, there may be a need to alter your original goal. Be flexible by making changes as necessary, then re-adjusting and keep going.
  • Think year round (not just January): Many resolutions take weeks if not months to accomplish. Keeping an attitude of it becoming a lifestyle change and something you will continue will help you keep going.
  • Relish in your accomplishments:Your hard work is paying off and you deserve to feel great! Hopefully you have supporting family and friends that can share in your excitement– and often you will be an inspiration to others as others have been for you at times as well.

Sources:

My Goals.com

USA.gov

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