How to make a New Year’s resolution

Eat healthy. Save money. Travel more. We all have our go-to resolutions, with the ultimate dream to look back on the past year and feel like a better person. However, we tend to come up with New Year’s resolutions without thinking about the most important part: How are we going to achieve our goals?

Making resolutions shouldn’t be a flippant decision. Here are three tips to help you pick the right resolution(s) for you in the new year:

Narrow it Down:

Making a long to-do list in the New Year is most likely going to backfire. Instead of feeling motivated to get out there and make a change, your list is more likely to hang over your head as you struggle to give each goal your full attention.

So, first think about what is most important to you and rank them in order of most significant to least. And instead of trying to change every little thing, take on one high-ranking resolution and two lower ones.

For example, if getting in shape is your number one goal, choose two smaller ones like getting organized and learning something new. This way, you’re telling yourself to devote the most time to getting in shape.

Plan it Out:

Don’t go in blind. If you don’t know how to achieve your goal, how can you expect to do so?

Take a look at your upcoming year and find out how your resolution can fit into your life. Whether it’s finding time, materials or resources, you should really do your research and prepare. This will also help you decide if this is the right time to tackle your resolution, or if you should focus your energy on something else.

Make it a Priority:

There’s a reason why only eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution – they don’t make it a priority. If you really want change, it needs your full attention.

Telling yourself that you cannot skip that workout, you must find time to visit with your family, and so forth, it will become an integral part of your life. And if you’re unable to work your resolution into your schedule – if it just doesn’t deserve your full attention – it’s time to rethink!

For more info, keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming story about how to stick to your New Year’s resolution.