Tips to Sticking to your New Year’s Resolution

Whether your New Year’s Resolution is eating healthier, losing weight, saving money or something not so typical- we have gathered some tips and tricks to help you stay in track in 2019!

Fun Fact: Less than 8% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve their goals.

We took to the internet to find some ways to help you stick to your goals. After sifting through a number of articles and journals from ForbesThe New York Times and many others- we narrowed the tips and ticks down to three helpful ways to be part of that 8%!

  1. Create a plan! Write it down and keep track of any and all progress along the way to reaching that goal.  If you are wanting to lose 30lbs., create a timeline and celebrate when you reach each step along the way.
  2. Start small! Build a habit out of your resolution. Create small goals along the way to reach your ultimate goal. If you want to be able to run 5 miles, build up monthly. Hold yourself accountable for all the goals you reach along the way and also the slip ups that may follow.
  3. Believe in yourself! Set a goal and reach until you have it in the palm of your hand. Remind yourself why you want this. Remind yourself who you are dong it for. Remind yourself that you can reach the goals you set out to reach. Just setting a goal is a step in the right direction and having confidence in yourself is a leap.

 

During our sifting process, we kept coming across the acronym SMART. The Management Review journal in 1981 created this handy acronym to help management, but many have learned that being SMART is a great way to set and achieve goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

  • Specific: Research shows that many people do not achieve goals because they set too broad of a goal. Narrow in on what exactly you want to do. Make your resolution clean and concrete. Ex: I want to save $500 over the next five months.
  • Measurable: Write it down. Take photos. Keep track of your progress in some way. Create smaller goals to reach along the way to the ultimate goal. Ex: keep track how much money you save each week
  • Achievable: Don’t set goals that you know are impossible, instead set goals that are far out there and will take work- but also actually doable. Ex: I cannot afford to save $2000 in 5 months, but I go without a few things and save $500 in five months.
  • Relevant: Resolutions should have an impact on your life. Year-long resolutions should be things that you care enough about to continue each month. Ex: It is important for me to pay off debt, and I can do it if I set goals.
  • Time-Bound: Set up a timeline and keep track of small goals reached along the way. When you achieve all your small goals, the ultimate goal is just around the corner. Ex: I can save $25 each week, $100 each month and reach my goal of $500 in five months.