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A large majority of us have been guilty of making a New Year’s resolution just to let it fade out of existence before February can begin. There’s no shame in changing your goals, so long as you still have some to work towards. The truth of the matter is that most of us who start a resolution, do not finish them, and those who set out to accomplish a goal and actually reach the finish line, are an exclusive few. 

ReJoyce Financial cares about our client’s overall health and success, so our marketing team has spent time analyzing and compiling a list of helpful hints to help you obtain your New Year’s resolution. This is the year to stop that cycle of resolving to make a change, but then not following through. 

  1. Make Your New Year’s resolution Realistic

Goals need to be achievable in order to attain them. While ambition should always be encouraged, it is hindering oneself to reach for something afield. 

  1. Plan Ahead 

Deciding on a goal the night before the New Year is a recipe for disaster. If you give yourself a week to truly think about what it is you want to accomplish in the following year, you minimize the chance of making an impulsive goal. 

  1. Outline Your Goals (Be Specific) 

Get specific with your goal, and break them into smaller milestones! By doing this you aren’t signing yourself up for a 365-day commitment, but measuring out your plan overtime, making it easier to accomplish.  

  1. Make a Pros and Cons list 

It’s important to look at all the angles of your New Year’s resolution, it’s in this list you’ll be able to decide whether or not the goal is worth your time and energy. When you do have a solidified goal, keep a list of its pros and cons, adding to it when you feel necessary, and re-reading it when you need some motivation to push through. 

  1. Make it Public 

Tell your family and friends! Post your New Year’s resolution on your Facebook, while regularly updating your progress to keep yourself accountable! Sharing with the people you love will give them an opportunity to support and nudge you forward. Another great tip to keep you motivated is to find someone with the same goal as you. 

  1. Reward Yourself

Everybody responds positively to incentive, so give yourself small rewards along the way. So long as they don’t contradict your New Year’s resolution.  

  1. Track Your Progress 

Keeping track of your progress can help with the probability that you accomplish what you set out to do. Setting small-term goals, as mentioned before, are easier to accomplish which in turn keeps you motivated to stay on track. 

  1. Don’t Beat Yourself Up 

Nobody is perfect, so don’t expect perfection from yourself. Allowing slip-ups to hinder your pursuit of progression will only diminish your motivation. Don’t be thrown off course, just pick up where you left off. 

  1. Stick to It

Don’t let the idea of a 365-day habit deter you from accomplishing your goals. Studies show that it takes 21 days to make a habit, and 6 months for that habit to become a part of your personality. Focus on that first month before losing hope, if you can do that you’ll reach that six-month mark in no time. 

  1. Keep Trying 

Don’t be afraid to change up your old goals and make new ones! You can’t have a perfect shot every time, but you can strive to be the best version of yourself, no matter what day of the year it is. 

Written by: Brittany Love 

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