Another new year has arrived and with it, an opportunity to start fresh. What do you want to do differently this year? Maybe you'd like to quit smoking or eat healthier. Perhaps you'd like to take a cooking class or learn how to scrapbook. It doesn't really matter what it is. And yes, it's true, many New Year's resolutions are long forgotten by February. But if you truly want to make a lasting change in your life, there's no reason you can't. Here are a few tips to ensure success with your resolutions:
- Be specific - Don't just say, "I want to lose weight this year." Pick a specific goal such as, "I will lose 10 pounds by May". Setting a specific goal and setting a date to accomplish it, makes it more plausable.
- Create an action plan - The plan should break down the goal into smaller, weekly or even daily goals. For the example of losing weight, you would want to include an exercise plan and calorie intake that would result in steady weight loss.
- Be accountable - Find an accountability partner who isn't afraid to call you out if you fail to darken the gym doors for weeks at a time. It can be anyone - just pick someone who will take it seriously.
While a lot of people resolve to lose weight or eat healthier, you may decide that you'd like to give more of yourself this year. There are thousands of volunteer opportunities in your local area. You can serve in so many ways and really make a difference to the community around you. Whether it's serving at your local church or serving meals at a shelter, there's a place for you.
Whatever changes you decide to make, be purposeful and stick to the goals you've created. Make this the first year you've stuck with your New Year's resolution. You'll have an amazing sense of accomplishment and hopefully, will have made a positive and lasting change in your life. Good luck!