It’s the time of the year again!
Believe it or not, 2019 is nearly over, which means it’s not only the end of another year full of ups and downs, but it’s the end of an entire decade as well. As we come fresh into the new year and decade, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn from the past and be a better version of ourselves — one step at a time.
While it’s the perfect time to set goals, make changes, and have a fresh start, it can be hard to figure out where to begin.
Did you know that on average, only 8% of people actually keep to their New Year’s resolutions?
Here are some small, attainable New Year’s resolution ideas for 2020 that you can save, share, and keep!
So many resolutions, so little time? Consider these 6 tips to help you get started!
1. Choose the right and specific goals
Setting ambitious resolutions can be fun and inspiring, but the difficulty in achieving them means that your elation can quickly give way to frustration. “Exercise more” or “Lose weight” is a classic example of a bad resolution. Set realistic goals that are in line with your lifestyle and occupation and be bound by rational, achievable, and measurable metrics.
2. Make a detailed plan and tough it out for 90 days!
If you can tough it out for 90 days, you’ve got a much better shot a making the change permanent. Here’s why 90 days is the perfect time scale for goal setting: It’s short enough to maintain momentum and focus, but long enough to hold yourself accountable to your goals, but in smaller chunks, so you actually see an end in sight.
3. Reward yourself weekly for achieving your goals
Recognize your effort and motivate yourself to do even better. Remember, it’s 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. Recognizing your small wins creates a positive feedback loop that sustains and energizes you to keep going rather than give up.
4. Make it obvious
Accountability helps you stay the course! Having someone to cheer you on or call you out when you break the rules is a great way to stay on the right track with your resolutions. 59% of those who had a “referee” to monitor their progress eventually achieved their goal compared to 29% who were going at it alone.
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5. Accept failure
Here is something you need to know any time you take on something new and challenging: it is okay to fail. To try and then fail means you know your present set of limitations, and to have that kind of intimate knowledge of your own abilities means that you know how to push yourself to make yourself better. It’s key to be patient and consistent as you go through failures, so don’t get discouraged!
6. Don’t wait till New Year’s Eve to make resolutions
Do it whenever you feel ready for it and make it a year-long process, every day. At the same time, if you fail at your New Year’s resolution, or if you didn’t make one, you can take advantage of the many fresh-start opportunities throughout the year to start anew or try again. The start of a month, quarter, and even your birthday, are perfect new chapters to begin on!
As we wrap up 2019, try to find moments of personal growth you are proud of, the habits and lifestyles that you have changed for the better, and use those as inspiration to push beyond your comfort zone to make a real difference in the years ahead!