At the end of each year, we set out goals that we call resolutions, the things we promise to do for the coming year that serves to better ourselves. But as most people know, it's not that easy keeping these New Year's resolutions. MerryStockings.com gives you these tips to make it easier to keep your New Year's resolutions.
1. Be real! Try to aim for smaller goals. If you're more than just overweight, try to aim for losing 10 lbs. rather than resolving to look like Nicole Richie. You can also aim to eat less junk food or cutting back on certain unhealthy food. Also set a defined goal, don't be too broad as to say "I will change my life". Instead, make your goals small and simple.
2. Write down how you're going to go about it. If you're aiming to lose weight, be sure to outline a weight loss plan and exercise routine. It is important to have concrete, specific steps to attain your goal. Take it one small step at a time.
3. Attach your goals to a specific time frame. You just do not say that you want to lose 10 lbs. You have to put in a specific time frame for it. The time frame also helps you determine if the goal is attainable or not. You certainly can't lose 10 lbs. in 2 days, but you can healthily lose 10 lbs. in 2 months. An unrealistic schedule for your goals is one of the biggest and surest ways to fail.
4. It is okay to fail, sometimes. Don't be upset if you gain instead of losing weight. Accept that mistakes are part of reaching our goals so don't get upset by the setbacks you encounter.
5. Get help when needed. Have friends and family support you when you find that it's getting difficult to stick to your goals. Each one of us has our own limitations. For instance, knowing that you cannot stop smoking on your own, you could ask a loved one to keep an eye out for you, prohibit you from smoking in their presence or just remind you of your resolutions. If that is not enough, seek professional help. Consult a doctor who could guide you on how to stop smoking or prescribe medications to help you curb your cravings.
6. Let go. Not all New Year's resolutions are meant to be kept. If you find that you can't keep one or realized that it is foolish (such as getting another job) or unattainable (looking like Angelina Jolie), then let these go and focus your energies on those goals that you can keep.