Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions

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The new year is the perfect time to make positive changes in your life and strive to come closer to your dreams. That said, we all know that not every New Year’s resolution will be a success. A little planning goes a long way in getting the results you really want!

When you set goals, you’re taking a powerful first step. Goals are the core of your framework for creating the future you desire. Still, there’s more to it: You need concrete steps as well as the right mindset to fuel the change.

Let’s look at four ways you can make your 2018 goals much more attainable.

Be Realistic With the Goals You Set

When setting goals, you want something that you can feel strongly about – it’s easy to think that means “the sky’s the limit.” While it’s always fun to think about moonshot goals, however, it means a shock when you start to run into resistance.

If you have a big goal, such as 30 pounds to lose, don’t tell yourself you’ll do it in just three months. That might be possible if you have a personal trainer, a chef, and half the day to exercise – but for most people, it’s a recipe for disappointment.

Instead, start with smaller, more attainable goals that lead toward the big win.

For example, you might commit to eating healthy by cooking at home few evenings per week instead of eating out.

Write Down Your Goals

Writing goals is a vital step to solidifying them in your mind – and it’s also one that’s easy to overlook. No matter how excited you are about an idea, you’ll lose the details unless you write it down. For a clear, attainable goal, you need something precise.

When you write your goal for the first time, you’ll be able to see how you really feel about it and make adjustments until it is exactly what you want. Then, to keep yourself on track, be sure you put your written goal somewhere where  you’ll see it daily.

Rephrase Your Resolutions

Many resolutions are phrased in terms of the ultimate outcome. While the outcome is the tasty part of any goal, it’s not actually what you’ll be working on in the journey from your current situation to your ideal future. Most goals are about processes.

For example, a person who wants to manage home finances better might say something like “I will stick to a budget.” Sticking to the budget is the outcome, but this doesn’t address the most important thing: The change in behavior that must be made.

By focusing on processes, that same person might say: “I will spend an hour a day learning how to budget.” During that hour, one  would first have to figure out what books or other resources are needed – then learn from them, then put those lessons into practice.

Reward Yourself for the Small Successes

Taking small steps towards change means adopting new habits. Those habits are much more likely to stick if they are rewarded in a positive way. Instead of punishing yourself for failures, give yourself credit for the many small successes that come along the way.

This “reward” doesn’t have to be lavish. Sure, you can set aside time for your favorite hobby or buy yourself a small gift if that works for you. The most powerful reward, however, is stopping for a moment to praise your efforts. A heartfelt “Good job! Keep it up!” each time you succeed can move you toward real change.

For personalized advice and healthcare for the whole family, contact Tri-County Medical Clinic today.

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