Are You Still Following Your New Year's Resolutions?
By Brandi Swieter
More than six months have come and gone and many of those resolutions that people made on New Year’s have gone unfulfilled. People often practice what they preach for a couple of months and let their goals fall to the wayside as life takes over. Anyone not still following their New Year’s resolutions still has plenty of time to get things back on track with a little self-control and motivation.
Create a Smaller Goal
Perhaps the resolution was far too large to accomplish. Big goals can lead to people giving up as they never seem to make much progress toward their objectives. Creating a smaller goal to work toward will help get things back on track. If a person started out the year saying they would lose 100 pounds and gave up after only seeing a few pounds lost, they can now choose to set a 5-pound goal to work toward. Once they meet this they can set another small goal to reach, helping them achieve their large weight loss in small increments and seeing more progress along the way.
Find a Group
Being held accountable for your goals and having to meet up regularly with a group of others who have the same objectives can be a huge help. There are groups for nearly everything, whether it be for quitting smoking, losing weight, or otherwise. People can find support from others in a similar situation and learn some tips for how to deal.
Change Just One Behavior
Changing everything about yourself isn’t going to work well, because it’s easy to fall into old habits and difficult to keep up with a new persona. Instead, people need to find just one behavior at a time to change that will help them start small toward achieving their goals. If the goal is to lose weight, then cutting out soda could be a start. It will be difficult at first, and there may be slip-ups, but the change can be made if it’s the only one thing a person has to manage.
The next New Year’s will arrive in what could feel like just a few short months. It’s important to continue working on the goals made the previous time and strive to meet all of your personal expectations for yourself. With plenty of time left to get things accomplished, those who have let their resolutions fall to the wayside can still make significant headway with their goals.
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