Making your New Year's resolution stick
These suggestions will help you achieve your goal.Making your New Year's resolution stick is easy when you follow these simple suggestions:
Are You Ready? Ask yourself if you're prepared to meet your goal. Once you are ready to commit to your goal, you are more likely to succeed. Even if you face obstacles along the way, if you are committed you will be successful in making your New Year's resolution stick.
Take Small Steps. Any goal that you have can typically be broken into small steps. Instead of approaching your goal all at once, begin with small changes. Before starting a strict diet, cut out desserts and add half an hour of exercise to your daily routine. Once you've reached these smaller goals, you'll be ready to select a diet plan that you can stick with.
Speak Positively. Many of us criticize ourselves – especially when we struggle to reach our goals. Change this bad habit by speaking to yourself in a positive manner. Remind yourself of the positive changes you have accomplished. Use encouraging words to give yourself the strength to achieve your goals.
Be S.M.A.R.T. To reach any goal, use the S.M.A.R.T. method. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. If you apply this method, you have a stronger chance of achieving your New Year's resolution.
Reward Yourself. Chose a reward that you can really look forward to receiving. A reward will help you stick to your goal when you are feeling discouraged. You can also give yourself smaller rewards after accomplishing each step toward reaching your ultimate goal; then, give yourself a large reward when you have finally achieved your goal.