2017 has most people wanting to improve their lives and take control over their destiny. Lots of people try to achieve this by creating new year’s resolutions to help advance their lives. But the majority of people fail at their resolutions just in the month of January. So if you’re serious about buckling down and changing your life, here are some great ideas to make those 2017 goals stick!
When creating your goals, you’ll want to be as specific as possible. Instead of saying your resolution is to “lose weight” or “save money” try narrowing it down and saying “cut 500 calories a day” or “save $50 a week” for a more measurable goal. This will help when it comes time to check in with how you are doing on your resolution. It’s easy to see if you’ve saved $50 a week or if you have cut 500 calories from your daily meals and how it has affected your lifestyle.
To make your 2017 goals seem even more real, write them down in multiple places. It helps to even write down your goals once, but don’t write it in a notebook that doesn’t get opened for another six months. Write it on sticky notes that you put on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator or create calendar events that pop up on your phone reminding you of your goal once a week. You want your goal to be in your face as much as possible so you don’t forget what you’re working towards.
Many people have vague goals, and then they never check in so they have no idea how much progress they have made. Be sure to check in once a month and see how you’re doing. If you’ve fallen off the wagon or had a bad week, don’t let that discourage you and work even harder to meet your goal.
In addition to writing your goal down in multiple places, write motivational messages to yourself. If you’re not great at motivating yourself, ask your friends, family or coworkers to send you reminders or motivational messages to keep you upbeat. When you surround yourself with others who want you to be successful and reach your goal, it’s much easier.
There is nothing worse than setting a goal that is unrealistic and not reaching it. When you are making your goals for the new year, think what is actually a reachable goal, instead of setting yourself up for failure. There is a difference between reaching for the stars and creating unreachable goals.
Try calling your resolutions 2017 goals instead of new year’s resolutions. By calling them new year’s resolutions, you’re mentally thinking it only applies when the year is still considered “new.” Instead, make your goals last for the remainder of the year by calling them 2017 goals or another creative name.
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