The practice of New Year’s resolutions dates back to ancient Babylon, where citizens made promises to their gods for the New Year. These promises often had roots in concrete, easily achievable tasks. Is this the key to being part of the seemingly elusive group of people who stick with their New Year’s resolutions? Here are some other great tips from modern day experts to keep you making positive changes this new year.
- Create specific goals with measurable results. Abstract resolutions such as “I am going to lose weight,” or “I am going to save money,” make it harder to follow through. Take after the Babylonians and create concrete goals, turning your unlikely resolutions into achievable goals, such as “I am going to the gym two times per week,” and “I’m going to save $100 per month for a vacation.”
- Create a system with accountability. Whether this is through an accountability partner, where both of you resolve to keep each other on your goals, or through sharing your resolutions socially through Facebook, it helps to share your goals with others.
- Continue to create goals throughout the year and reassess progress. Self-reflection is important for achieving your resolutions. Understand that you may need to re-evaluate goals as your year progresses and circumstances change. Consider adopting one new goal each month, rather than 12 resolutions in January.
- Consider “adding” as a resolution, rather than restricting yourself. Instead of channeling negative perceptions into your goals by restricting yourself, resolve to add new things this year. For example, resolve to add vegetables to each meal versus restricting soda or adding incentives to save money versus restricting spending. Positive reinforcement goes a long way toward helping you achieve your goals.
We’re curious to hear about your New Year’s resolutions – share with us on our Facebook page! Have a happy 2014 from all of us at Shorewest, REALTORS®.
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