noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions
1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
It’s that time of year again! Time to assess our daily routines and long term plans, to plot new courses, working towards the best possible lives for ourselves and our families. Whether the goal is big or small, we start out with the very best of intentions only to find our zest for turning things around waning before January is even over. The percentage of people who actually stick to their resolutions beyond January 31 is 8%. 8%! We’d like to do what we can to bump that number up. Let’s go 9% success rate for 2015!
Some tips on how to develop, and keep, good habits in the new year:
1. Set small, specific goals. It’s easier to stay motivated to achieve a baby step rather than the entire grand plan.
2. Establish a routine; make sure to schedule the time needed for the accomplishments. If you don’t make the time, you’ll never find the time.
3. Appreciate and reward yourself for every milestone achieved. Didn’t bite your nails this week? Treat yourself to a pampering manicure and splurge on the nail decoration.
4. Seek social support. Your friends and family will do wonders towards holding you accountable.
5. Don’t give up!!
Do you have any tips about how to achieve goals? We’d love to hear them.