What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Most people choose to lose weight or exercise more, or even quit smoking. Some people commit to learning a new skill or saving more money. Whether you pick one thing or make a long list, the secret of success when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions is accountability. Having someone in your corner to encourage and keep you on track is sometimes the best way to fulfill these New Year’s goals without giving up.
When you start writing down your resolutions, think of the steps it will take to accomplish those things. Then consider who you might be able to share them with. Remember that it’s always best to share your goals with only those who will be positive. There’s really no reason to tell negative people anything unless you want it ruined. Your friend or family member who knows your goals and helps you believe in yourself enough to accomplish them will be able to check in with you periodically to see how your resolution is coming along. Ask them to hold you accountable and to inspire you when they can.
For real inspiration you might also want to write down why you want to accomplish each goal. Is this to make you happier, make your family more secure, to be healthier? Including your “why” and reading your list out every month are great ways to stay on target. You may also want to set up smaller goals within each resolution and when that is accomplished, reward yourself with some small thing that makes you happy. Most importantly, plan ahead now and don’t beat yourself up if you fall a little short. Life improvement takes daily work, and a list is just the first step.