A new year gives us all an opportunity to change. Yet, despite even our best intentions, we often finish out each year no better than the one before. So how can we set New Year’s resolutions that will actually stick? It’s fairly easy with these five tips:
Reflect on last year
When it comes to making resolutions, the best way to begin is by reflecting on the year before. What could you have done better? What mishaps could you have avoided? No need to be hard on yourself here. Just take a look at your weaknesses and think about how you can strengthen them.
It’s easy to slack when your resolutions are vague. If your resolution is to work out more, does that mean exercising three days a week or just one? Without a specific goal in mind, it’s easy to settle for just the one. So set yourself up for success by being clear about your goals up front.
Take baby steps
It’s great to have big goals, but make sure to break them down into smaller goals so you don’t get overwhelmed. For example, if your goal is to have 300 new members by the end of the year, aim for about 25 new members each month. That’s a much more feasible goal that will help you accomplish your larger goal in time.
Ask for help
If you do have big goals, chances are you may need a little help from others. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your coworkers or board members and ask for support. It can actually be a great bonding experience for both of you.
Give yourself some grace
Some goals take longer than a year – and that’s ok! Don’t be discouraged if December rolls around and you haven’t quite accomplished what you set out to. You’ve more than likely laid the groundwork for your goal and can take that into the next year to perfect it.
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