It's 2016, now's the chance to start fresh and make realistic resolutions that you will stick to. According to the American Psychological Association, "setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular goal on Jan 1 can help you reach whatever you are striving for".
A few hints to remember:
- Start small and make resolutions you can keep
- Try to change only one behavior at a time (don't make 10 resolutions all at once). You can gradually add resolutions as the year goes on.
- Don't beat yourself up when you have a bad day and don't stick to the resolution. This is only normal.
- Stick to it. It takes 21 days for a new activity to form a new habit so be persistent and patient with yourself.
- Write them down and track your progress. Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep and each small accomplishment will keep you motivated.
Whether you're making personal or career resolutions; with some focus, planning and determination it's possible to make positive changes that will stick in the new year. Most of all, remember to be gentle with yourself. You will no doubt take detours on your path to a new you but when you beat yourself up, you're less likely to brush yourself off and try again.
So, choose just one or two resolutions that you'd really love to see become new habits and go for it! And of course, don't forget to celebrate your success.