Do you set a new optimistic goal at the end of every December, but then have trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolution? Well, the good news is that you’re not alone. In fact, that’s what the majority of us do. According to an article in Forbes magazine, more than 50 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year, but less that 10% actually follow through and stick to them.
If you want 2019 to be different, we have four tips that can make sticking with your New Year’s resolution a snap regardless of what your resolution is – whether you want to lose weight, go vegan, spend more time with family, or something entirely unique.
Sticking to Your News Year’s Resolution Doesn’t Have to Be So Challenging
1 – Be Specific
You may know what you want to change with your resolution, but most experts will tell you that to be successful, you should think about specific goals rather than making broad statements. Here’s an example. Your goal is to lose weight. That goal is just too broad and it makes success too hard to measure. Instead, make your goal more specific, such as getting into that pretty blue dress in the back of your closet or losing 20 pounds before the first day of summer. It’s also better to have one or two goals instead of a long list.
2 – Set Interim Goals
If your resolution is something big that seems a bit overwhelming, break it down into interim steps. A really great way to keep track of this is to get an inexpensive agenda or calendar. They’re only a dollar at the Dollar Tree. Then mark the dates where you think you will need to have made a small achievement in order to meet your bigger long-term goal. For example, if you want to run a 5K before the end of the year, maybe you would mark on Feb. 15th in your calendar that by that date, you will have started walking three days a week for at least one mile. You’re basically just breaking down your big resolution into smaller milestones. And if you meet all the smaller milestones, you’ll achieve your resolution in the end.
3 – Spread the Word
You will be more likely to stick to your resolution if you tell friends, family members, or co-workers about it. For instance, if you tell your co-worker in the next cubicle that you’ve resolved to lose 20 pounds in three months, you will be less likely to whip out that bag of mini candy bars from your desk on your next snack break. There will be others there to hold you accountable besides yourself. Not only that, friends and family can also provide support and give you encouragement when they start to notice the changes you’re making.
4 – Be Persistent
When you set your resolution, you must resolve from Day 1 that you will not give up — no matter what. If you’ve vowed to go vegan and you cave and eat a cheeseburger one night when you’re out with friends, that shouldn’t keep you from relentlessly pursuing your resolution. The next day, get up and have your overnight oats with almond milk, and try going vegan again. Anyone who’s ever succeeded at doing something they strongly believed in will tell you that success doesn’t often come without some amount of failure.Being persistent and not quitting is completely within your realm of control. We believe in you!
Wishing You a Happy & Safe New Year! Good Luck Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution
The Center Pointe team wishes you and your family a Happy New Year and also wish you success in sticking with your New Year’s resolutions in 2019. Live in the center of it all in Waldorf, MD. At Center Pointe, we love providing our residents with helpful information to help them manage their busy lives. Our residents have easy access to shopping, entertainment, and great schools. Reach out to us today to schedule a tour and see why we are a Top Rated apartment community on ApartmentRatings!