Have you ever noticed that the gym is packed in January and much emptier in February? Don’t be one of those people who don’t follow through on their resolutions. Whether you want to lose weight in 2016 or gain financial success, here are a few ways to make your New Year’s resolutions stick.
Set Measurable Goals
Living healthier is one of the most common resolutions that people make. It is also a hard thing to measure. Does eating a salad instead of a greasy burrito for lunch one day in January mean that you have achieved healthy living? Probably not. Without something to measure, most people have a hard time following through on their resolutions. Instead, set a series of goals for better success. If healthier living is what you desire, you might set the following goals:
- Take lunch to work twice a week instead of eating out every day.
- Hit the onsite fitness center four times a week.
- Go to sleep one hour earlier each night.
The feeling of accomplishment you enjoy each time you meet a sub-goal makes you more likely to develop them into a larger, on-going habit.
Start With Small Changes
Too much change at one time is overwhelming—we humans can only take so much stress and only have so much willpower. Rank your resolutions from most important to least important and make one change at a time. Say you want to save $5,000 by the end of the year, lose 25 pounds and get a new job. You’ll likely have more confidence in interviews if you lose the weight first. Then, once you’ve landed a new gig, have your employer take a certain amount from your paycheck and deposit it straight into your savings account each month to make it less tempting to spend your salary on things you don’t really need. Just be sure that you still have some discretionary income left for the occasional splurge on that Ollie Sofa you’ve had your eye on or those new Prada loafers.
When your willpower starts to wane or you miss a couple of spinning classes, don’t beat yourself up. Stay positive by:
- Making a list of your recent accomplishments.
- Using setbacks as opportunities.
- Watching a funny movie after a hard day.
Whatever you are trying to achieve, a positive attitude makes it easier to do.