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January is the one month of the year where we all have something in common: we get a fresh start. Whether your new start is real or imagined, we all share in the sense that the new year will bring new and exciting experiences, more organization, less procrastination, a leaner body and more time spent with friends and/or family. Of course, we are speaking of the New Year’s Resolution. So whatever yours is this year, here are a few tips on how to make and keep your resolve.
1. Be specific. Vague resolutions like “meet new people” or “get organized” are typically doomed to fail from the start. Your Resolution needs to be specific so that you know not only how to accomplish it but also when and if you have. So instead of “meeting new people,” resolve to join a new club, learn a new sport or organize a community event. Rather than purporting to “get organized,” decide to clean out the garage or dedicate yourself to keeping an up-to-date planner.
2. Be realistic. Resolutions like “losing weight”, “getting in shape” or “driving less” are all great in theory however, they need to be practical. By setting a realistic (and specific) goal, you will keep your motivation and avoid frustration and burn out. Therefore, decide you want to lose 25 pounds this year and thus stay away from crash dieting and unnecessary stress by allowing yourself the time to accomplish an achievable goal. Instead of “driving less,” calculate how many miles you drive per week normally and try to cut this by 5-10 miles a week.