Do you feel like every year your resolutions don’t quite make it until Christmas? You’re certainly not alone. Making a lifestyle change or breaking or forming a habit is tough business. Here’s how to keep your New Year’s resolutions, or at least how to make keeping them a little easier.
One common mistake in the resolution business is setting one, huge goal. It’s great to dream big, but telling yourself you’re going to save $6,000 is much more overwhelming than aiming for saving $500 a month. You’re more likely to follow through with accessible goals that build up to something than those that feel hard to reach.
If it has been a few months since your resolution and that $6,000 is still just $300, don’t give up. Try and separate your real goal from the number. You want to save money. So instead of walking away from your goal in defeat, allow yourself to change the number. Maybe you’ll try to save $4,000 instead. At the end of the year, you’ll be glad that you stuck to your resolution, even if it transformed with you along the way.
Keep Your Eyes on the Journey
Just like with reassessing, the real key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions is to remember your actual goal. What is losing some number of pounds really about? It’s about being healthy. Saying “thank you” is about being kind. Spending time with family is about spending quality time. So always remember what you really want out of your resolutions, rather than focusing on specific numbers or words. This is the quickest way to transform your resolution into a part of your life, rather than a one-time goal.