The start of a New Year always begins with making goals. After the celebrations of the holiday season end on New Year’s Day, we take time to review the past year and reflect on all of our triumphs and challenges. We think about what made our year successful as well as those things that made us feel sad or discouraged. From our reviews, we come up with a list of resolutions for how we want to change our lives in the upcoming year.
No matter what goals we set for ourselves, it is always difficult to keep them for an entire year. Sometimes we cannot even make it to February and by Valentine’s Day we have already lost sight of the resolutions that we had made back in January. For some tips on how to keep your resolutions for 2019, check out the article “7 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions” on Next Avenue by Linda Melone, CSCS. According to Linda Melone, you can help yourself keep your resolutions by:
- Get Clear
It is important that you clearly know what your goals are for 2019 and why you want them. Also, it is a good idea to identify at least three steps that will help you to achieve them.
- Take the First Step
Once you understand what your goals are, begin to turn them into reality. Be sure you know the resources that you will need to carry them out and identify the people that will be able to help you along the way.
- Follow through
After you come up with a game plan, it is essential that you stick to it. You can help yourself maintain your resolutions by setting some milestones, giving yourself rewards, finding an accountability partner, and keeping track of your progress.
For even more tips and advice, please see Linda Melone’s article on Next Avenue’s website.
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