Making New Year’s resolutions is almost as American as apple pie and taxes, but…so is breaking them. The breaking ‘thing’-that’s what makes us crazy with remorse, guilt and frustration (with yourself). It doesn’t have to be this way, though. 2015 has already started, but it’s not too late to resolve to be better…to do better. Even if you have traditionally been a resolution hater, you can make resolutions you stick with. All you have to do is know how to make a resolution.
- Make it personal; making a resolution that depends upon the actions and attitudes of others is almost sure to fail.
- Set reasonable and realistic milestones. For example: I will arrive at work five minutes early every day for the month of January instead of clocking in just in the nick of time.
- Make a resolution that will benefit your physical well-being. When you do something to feel better physically, you will feel better emotionally and mentally.
- Don’t make more than two or three resolutions. To make more is to set yourself up to fail. It is simply too overwhelming.
- Reward yourself along the way. Small rewards act as cheerleaders to keep up the good work.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip. Just start over.
Last but not least, remember that your resolutions are not meant to be self-inflicted punishment. Resolutions are meant to serve as a springboard to stretching yourself to reach your full potential.