It's a new year. A time for new beginnings. A time for new relationships, new hobbies, new adventures -- a time for a new you. Many of us make new years' resolutions to encourage positive change in the new year, but they're notoriously hard to keep. What can you do to make them stick? First, you should know that you're not alone when you struggle. The very fact that new years resolutions are somewhat of a punchline in self-defeating humor just goes to show you that you aren't alone, so don't beat yourself up. Seriously, if you don't take it from us, take it from the American Psychological Association. It's counterproductive. If so many resolutions fail, however, that begs the question what should a New Years Resolution even look like? Well, according to the New York Times, your goals should follow the SMART method in other words, they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. So, when making one, you should have a specific, quantifiable goal in mind that you can achieve within a certain period of time for the right reasons (for example, as an overall lifestyle change instead of just feeling self-hatred or fleeting passion).
- Making it personal (figuring out what behaviors you want to change and what in particular causes you to engage in said behavior)
- Be realistic the change is not going to happen all at once, and there will probably be setbacks. Push through them, while remaining flexible.
- State your goal publicly this gives you something (more) concrete to inspire you than just wanting something.
- Connect with people pursuing similar goals and work towards them together. They'll hold you accountable and you'll have a feeling of shared purpose.
We know it's hard to work towards a better you we want to help make it easier! We hope you'll make us part of your healthy lifestyle in the new year and we wish you all the success you desire in making your dreams happen.