How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions?
Have you made your resolutions for 2014? If you're like most people, making them is one thing, keeping them is another. To help you keep yours, we found some valuable tips on USAToday.com. Check them out below, and good luck on making your own changes for the better in the New Year!
1. Make changes to your behavior. Changing your routine can bring different results. Instead of trying the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome, people need to modify their behaviors.
2. Define SMART goals. When setting targets, use the SMART acronym: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-specific.
3. Track your progress. A calendar, or a calendar app, is a handy tool you can use to track your goals. It also can show you what the triggers of your behavior are and it can alert you to any early slips.
4. Reward small achievements. When you reach a portion of your goal, as an example you lose 10 of those 25 pounds, be kind to yourself. Recognize the accomplishment and perhaps do something nice for yourself. This will help keep you focused and excited about the overall goal.
5. Make it public. When individuals announce their goals on social media, to their families or in the workplace, they are being held accountable by those closest to them. The upside to this, is it can keep you on track. The downside - it potentially increases embarrassment if they fail. So, it depends on how open you want to be about your resolutions.
6. You are human. Chances are you may slip up once or twice during this process. It's OK. It is important to deal with failures by getting back on track and continuing along your journey. Seventy percent of successful goal-setters said that their first slip actually strengthened their resolutions.