Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem easy at first, but Happy New Year; Is it already 2016? What happened to 2015? I swear 2015 passed by so incredibly fast this year.
As I sit here and think about the goals I would like to complete this New Year, I can’t help but scratch my head and wonder if I completed the ones I wanted to from last year.
You may have noticed I called them goals instead of resolutions. The reason is simple; no one ever keeps New Year’s resolutions. Okay maybe some do, but no one I know of.
My tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution or goal(s) are:
Write them down! – Keep the list in front of you, hang it on a wall or the fridge. Put it somewhere that you will be able to see it constantly, in order to remind you of the goals you are trying to achieve.
Keep it simple – Don’t go overboard. Having too many goals will weigh you down. If you finish your goals before the year is over, then add to them at that time.
Be Realistic – Don’t set yourself up for failure. In other words, don’t put that you want to own a mansion by the end of the year if you only make minimum wage. Obviously, unless you won the lottery, that would be impossible to do on that salary.
Hold yourself accountable – Have a friend go over your goals with you. Tell them to hold you accountable if they see you stray from those goals. If your goal is to workout more, find a workout buddy since you are less likely to skip when someone else is counting on you.
Get on the same page – If you are married or in a relationship, it’s important that your significant other know what your goals are, especially if it involves them! So make sure you are on the same page and come to an agreement so you can both work towards that goal.
My goals this year are to start hiking regularly again, lose 15 pounds, start the Dave Ramsey budget again (and stick to it), and pay off my truck.