Fifty percent of americans make new year’s resolutions.
Keeping a new year’s resolution is one of the hardest things that many find to do. Any type of change is difficult for nearly everyone. However, when New Year’s resolutions are made they usually focus on make huge lifestyle changes that can be very difficult.
Reaching the goals set with resolutions is not a simple process. For example, resolutions that are seen each year include goals such as quitting smoking, losing weight, going back to school and getting out of debt. These are changes that have the bar set very high. In order to achieve these, a single solution cannot be found. There are no blanket step by step directions to provide to get you to your goal
Because you don’t have a step by step or “quick fix” for many of these resolutions, people become discouraged and by mid-February, the resolution is forgotten for another year. The ultimate strategy is to stay focused and continue to work on these throughout the year.
A great way to begin and continue working on these goals is to set the bar slight bit lower. For example, instead of insisting you will be losing 60 pounds and starting out with this goal in mind, you could say I will lose 5 pounds in the next two weeks. This is reasonable and achievable and you can see your results fairly quickly. If you follow this goal, you will reach your 60 pounds before you know it.
Support is usually necessarily for major life changing decisions and goals. This can be the support of family and friends or the support of professional groups or persons. When we mention support, this won’t include bashing or negativity. You need positive support to help you. Surround yourself with this positivity and you will be surprised that this can usually get you over a hump that you cannot achieve alone.
Professional help may come in the way of the medical community depending upon your goal. Using the same example of weight loss remember you should seek the help of your physician before beginning any weight loss program. They can provide you with actions and information that you can use during your weight loss pursuit. There are some goals that the services of a psychologist may be needed. Utilize the medical community as part of your support group to explore ways to reach your resolution.
Remember, you don’t have to make your resolution January 1; you could make a resolution April 1, October 1, etc. good luck in your pursuits.