What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

A new year is upon us. I can’t believe it is almost 2018. New Year’s Day has traditionally been seen as the ideal time to make your all important New Year’s resolution. Unfortunately, while our heart and minds are in the right place, New Year’s resolutions can cause a lot of unneeded stress. Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2018 by vowing to make changes that will be hard to keep. Instead use these steps to help make your resolutions for the New Year a success. 1. Pick one thing to change. If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with. Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a few weeks. Changing one thing at time will make you more likely to stick with the changes. 2. Realize ahead of time that it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Anticipate the problems you might face with the changes you want to make. Once you’ve identified these problems, they will be easier to cope with when they arise. 3. Pick a start date. You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. Pick a day when you know you will be enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. 4. Accept failure. If you do fail, don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of what caused your set back and learn from it. Trying is the key. Keep trying and you will succeed. 5. Reward yourself.
Rewarding yourself will help keep you going during the hard days. Remember, the harder you work at obtaining your goals, the more you will deserve and feel you have earned those rewards.
Good Luck at being the best you that you can be in 2018!