How To Stick To New Years Resolutions

It’s almost 2016, and New Years Resolutions are underway. Last year John Norcross, Psychology Professor at Scranton University, predicted 50% of Americans would break one, if not all, of their goals by mid-January. So, how can we follow through & actually put goals into action? Here are six steps that will help us stick to our resolutions.

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1) According to Austin Frakt of the New York Times, prior to starting a resolution ask yourself two questions, “Why don’t I do this already?” &  “Why do I feel the need to do this now?” The first is practical and the second is emotional- two important components when it comes to resolutions. You must have a target &  the desire to overcome it.

2) Be specific! For example, instead of vowing to save money, put aside a certain amount each month. Start small if you need to, so it’s not difficult to keep up.

3) According to the American Psychological Association, “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” Realistic goals are better then unattainable goals. 

4) Talk  with others who can help keep you accountable. Maybe chat with close friends, or join a workout group. For years I would put “get fit” as one of my resolutions, but I would never fully commit.  I found that going to the gym on my own was not successful, but going to group classes or joining a Crossfit club was! Maybe you need that support from others around you too.

5) USA today tells us to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time Specific. How are you going to track and measure your goals?

6) Reward small goals & keep yourself excited about the end goal!

Happy New Year! (1)

What are some of your New Years resolutions? Stay tuned for some of ours & Happy 2016!

-Molly & The Parsons Team

Information accessed from: www.nytimes.com

www.forbes.com

www.apa.org

www.usatoday.com

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