It’s almost that time of year again, when we make promises to ourselves to either start doing something good or stop doing something bad in our lives, also known as New Year’s resolutions. And though studies show that almost half of all resolutions will fall to the wayside within six months, we still continue to make them every year. Some people make the same resolution year after year and some make different ones each year. Either way, change is never easy and everyone needs one once in a while.
According to Dr. John Norcross, coauthor of “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions,” these four simple tips will make your resolutions have more realistic and attainable results this year:
Be specific. It’s not just enough to say you’re going to do something. Actually take the time to map out your goal. Set mini deadlines with specific expectations.
Tell people. By letting your friends and family know that you’ve set a certain goal for yourself, they can offer support and encouragement along the way.
Substitute bad behaviors with good ones. Not everyone has the will power to stop a bad habit cold turkey. Instead, try substituting with a healthy alternative. Eventual your brain will prefer the good habit.
Monitor your changes. Keeping track of progress is encouraging when trying to change. Taking baby steps is the key during times of change. Reward yourself once in a while for a job well done.
Good luck and Happy New Year!