A New Year, A New You: Keeping Up With Those New Year’s Resolutions

As we welcome in the New Year, many people across the world set out to better themselves through New Year’s resolutions. The coming of a new year is a great time to set goals that lead to a happier, healthier life. new-year01Many swear to improve their diet, quit smoking, or get their financial house in order.

You don’t have to be a doctor, however, to realize that most New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside.

This month, we’ll take a look at some ways to help you stick to those New Year’s resolutions.

Making Those Resolutions Stick

1.)   Choosing the right goal

It is extremely important to choose the right kind of goal to ensure your success in the New Year. Pick a goal that represents a positive, but reasonable change in your life. Don’t set yourself up for failure with an overly-difficult goal! Start with changing one behavior at a time.

2.)   Develop a plan

Give some thought as to how you are going to go about achieving your goal. For example, develop a budget if you are trying to reduce spending, or work on a weekly meal plan or exercise regimen if you are trying to lose weight.

3.)   Write it down, shout it out

Studies show that those who write down their goals on paper are more likely to achieve them. In addition, sharing your goals with your friends and family can help you get the support and motivation you need to see your resolution through to the end.

4.)   Believe in yourself!

The power of positive thinking makes a huge impact on achieving your goals. Be flexible, and don’t beat yourself up if you slip up along the way. If you stumble, pick yourself up and keep going. You can’t fail if you don’t give up!

new-year02Remember, you set your New Year’s resolution for a reason. Whatever it may be, keep that reason in mind as you go through the New Year.

Here are some extra resources to help you stick to your goals:

Click here for the American Psychological Association’s tips on making your New Year’s resolution stick

Check out the guide to Sticking with New Year’s resolutions from Web MD.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,

Dr. Johnson