How to Reach your New Year’s Resolutions in 2017

How to Reach your New Years Resolutions in 2017

Lauren Almasy, Senior Staff Writer

The New Year is a time for all of us to reflect on our actions during the past year. Often times, many people set goals they would like to achieve during the new year. However, according to online sources, only 8% of those January resolutes actually reach their goals. Why do you think that is? Some suggestions are that often people set many large, unspecified goals and grow too overwhelmed to follow through. So, with that in mind, this reporter did a little digging, and came up with these particular recommendations for those who wish to make their New Year’s Resolutions a reality in 2017:

  1. Set specific goals. Do this instead of setting a vague goal such as, “I’m going to get in shape.” What does that mean? Do you want to be able to run a marathon? Lose 10 pounds? Knowing what you want is much easier to accomplish than some vague inkling of what you’re trying to accomplish.
  2. Set small goals. Setting a series of smaller goals throughout the year instead of one huge goal on January first will be less overwhelming and easier to achieve.
  3. Be patient. Making progress takes time. It helps if you measure your progress as well. Seeing that you have improved is a great motivator. Keep in mind that bad habits develop over time, so replacing them with good habits will take time as well.
  4. Schedule. There’s no such thing as finding time. You choose time. Make what your plan to do an appointment. You never miss a doctor’s appointment. If you really want to achieve your goal, make it a priority. Once it’s a part of your schedule, it will be natural to you.
  5. Be resilient. Do not make a huge fuss over minor set backs. You made a mistake? Get back on track. Having an “All or Nothing” attitude will not help you achieve your goals. Don’t give up.
  6. Seek support. Do not try to accomplish all goals on your own. Having a group of people seeking to accomplish the same thing and share your struggle helps. Also, have an “accountability person.” Someone who will check on you daily or weekly to make sure you’re following through. It’s harder to break a promise to someone else than it is yourself.
  7. Make it enjoyable. Having a good attitude and making your goals something you look forward to will help. Making the challenge a punishment for yourself will quickly dissolve any determination you had for the New Year.

Keep these tips in mind and best of luck in the New Year. May you accomplish all your goals and begin living a happier, healthier life!