The Secrets to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you ever have trouble keeping your new year’s resolutions? If you do, you’re not alone. While making your list of resolutions can be simple, keeping them can take some effort. As your work on your new year’s resolutions for 2018, here are a few secrets that can bring you success!

Make a Plan

Having a plan can help you stay focused and reach your end goal. While you may know what you want to accomplish in the New Year, also think about what it will take for you to achieve it. For example, one of your resolutions could be to become more physically active. A few key ideas to think about are, how many minutes per day will you spend exercising? Will you sign up for a local exercise class? Will you take a walk before and after work? Mapping out these details and committing to them can help you add more physical activity into your life and increase your overall health.

Set S.M.A.R.T goals

S.M.A.R.T goals are those that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound. Let’s use the resolution of wanting to be more physically active. One way to turn this into a S.M.A.R.T goal is to write out the entire process. For example, “I will become more physically active in 2018 by exercising for at least 30 minutes per day five times a week”. This goal is clearly written to include specific times and days to help build your confidence.

Find support

Think about football games and the cheerleaders who are on the sidelines supporting the players. Their job is to excite the crowd and motivate the players to keep doing their best. Your family and friends can be your cheerleaders too. Let your support team know what you plan to accomplish this year. Having their support and encouragement can help you avoid the pitfalls, stay motivated and keep you on the path towards reaching your goals.

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