Lose weight. Get organized. Spend less. Sound familiar? It’s New Year’s resolution time, and these are a few of the top resolutions, according to StatisticBrain.com.
Are you ready for the bad news? According to that same data, only 8% of us will be successful. (Don’t worry, put down the ice cream and keep reading — there’s good news coming.)
Think about it. How many times have you repeated the same resolution? Or perhaps it’s a similar resolution but a slightly different flavor? Maybe it’s time to give your resolution a makeover. Here are 4 tips to help you maximize your New Year’s resolution.
1. Make it Specific
Lose weight and spend less are somewhat ambiguous. How will you lose weight? What actions are you taking to spend less? There are many components to both of those goals, and your goal can quickly become overwhelming. No wonder only 8% of us succeed. Instead of making a big, ambiguous goal, make a specific, smaller goal that fits into the same category. Here are some ideas:
- Instead of lose weight, consider go to the gym at least twice/week.
- Instead of spend less, consider spend less on coffee.
- Instead of get organized, consider organize the garage.
- Instead of eat better, consider eat vegetables every day.
2. Know Why You’re Doing This
Knowing the reasons why you want to achieve your goal can help you stay on track. It gives the goal more weight; more purpose. Why do you want to lose weight? To keep up with your kids? To feel great in those jeans? If you want to spend less money, why? So you can save for a vacation to Hawaii? Let’s take that further — why do you want to go to Hawaii? To spend quality time with your family? Keeping your motivations mindful will help you overcome challenges you face. Because if you’re having a hankering for a vanilla latte, picturing your family on a beach can help you squelch that temptation.
3. Stay Motivated — Reward Yourself Along the Way
Knowing why you’ve selected your New Year’s resolution can help you overcome challenges, but I don’t think you can ever have too much motivation. Setting up milestones and rewards can help you keep your momentum. For example, if you resolved to go to the gym at least twice/week, consider paying yourself each time you go. When you hit a certain number of workouts, redeem your money for a special reward — like new running shoes or those pants you’ll look great in! (Hint: You can also use the Gympact app to earn money for your gym trips.) Again, I think it’s important to be mindful of why you want to achieve your goal, but I do think having little rewards along the way can help you get over those slumps.
4. Forgive Yourself if You Slip
Speaking of slumps, we all have them. Because we’re human. So if you mess up, forgive yourself and move on. Did you cave in and buy a latte today? It’s OK. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Enjoy the latte and remind yourself why you’re saving money. Then move forward. Focus on all that you’ve accomplished so far. One slip-up won’t ruin you, so don’t let it!
What do you have planned for 2015? Tell us and follow these four tips. Together, let’s raise the statistics and achieve our resolutions this year.
From all of us at Lee, Happy New Year.