How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutions2015 is here! A new year means a fresh start at life, and many people take this time to make resolutions to generate some positive changes in their lives. According to a 2014 survey, the top resolutions last year were things like losing weight, getting organized and spending less money.

However, according to the survey, out of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions, a dismal 8% manage to successfully achieve their resolution. Why is this number so low? How can you make a resolution and stick with it?

Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re serious about making some changes to your lifestyle, there are some ways to ensure you are able to keep your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year.

1)      Start small. Make smaller changes to start.  You are, after all, only human, so it’s unlikely that you will be able to make several big changes all at once. Decide what you’d most like to change about yourself first and foremost and start there. Realize that you will need to modify a behavior, whether it’s to stop impulse shopping or eating healthier, in order for the change to happen.

2)      Make definable goals. Deciding you would like to lose weight is fine, but a better idea is to set a date for when you’d like to be 25 pounds lighter. This will allow you a set time limit to successfully achieve your weight loss resolution.

3)      Let the world know. Go public with your resolutions by letting family and friends know all about them. This allows a way for you to be held accountable and help keep you on track. Those closest to you can be your cheering squad, too, and offer the support you might need to maintain your progress.

4)      Rely on your senses. Images can be an inspiration to keep you going. Stick a picture of a skinnier you on your refrigerator, for example, or an image of a place in the world you’d like to visit once you have enough money saved up.

5)      Track your progress. Self-monitoring is vital to keeping yourself on track. Use a calendar to write down goals, and then as the dates hit, fill in your progress. You’ll be surprised how motivated you feel when you see your progress right there in front of you on a weekly basis!

6)      Reward yourself. As you hit your goals, allow yourself a small reward. Whether it’s indulging in a delicious piece of chocolate or splurging on a small purchase, doing something nice for yourself allows you to recognize your accomplishments and keep you focused to move forward.

7)      Give yourself a break. Again, you are only human, and you are bound to have a few setbacks from time to time.   Don’t allow these slip ups to de-motivate you! Simply learn from your mistake and get back on track.

What are some of your resolutions for 2015? Good luck, and from all of us here at American Senior Communities, Happy New Year!

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