The new year is an exciting and fresh start which is why many of us set goals and resolutions. Unfortunately, odds are high that we will fail, lose our motivation a few weeks in, or never even start at all. Here is how to make your 2020 New Year’s resolutions stick.
Set Incremental Goals
One of the reasons resolutions fail is because they are too intense. They require multiple major changes at the start of the new year, making them almost impossible to keep up with. So, set incremental goals instead. For example, if your goal is to lose weight or eat healthier this year you could start by eating one plant-based meal a day. Or you could do a one month vegan cleanse diet the month of January, sign up for personal training in February, and make an appointment with a nutritionist in March. This breaks things up making your goal easier to achieve.
The other challenge with most resolutions is that we set unrealistic goals, then beat ourselves up when we can’t keep up. So, instead of setting a goal to save $300 a paycheck—first set up a budget. Then look for a more competitive cell phone and internet package and drop expenses that you don’t use. Then make a few investments that will save in the long run, like buying an espresso machine so you can skip your morning coffee run. Your savings might not total $300 per paycheck but if you are able to maintain your new plan you will save more in the long run.
Here’s to a healthy and happy new year!