We all start off with good intentions when it comes to our New Year's resolutions but managing to keep them is always more difficult than we think. Here is how you can follow through with your goals for 2020.
Don't make too many
A common mistake a lot of us make when setting resolutions for the New Year is giving ourselves too many.
Sure, it's a nice idea to have 10 resolutions and it would be incredible if you kept them all but be honest with yourself, how likely is that to happen?
Set no more than five goals for the New Year, I would say three is the ideal number as it's just enough to keep you busy and motivated but not so much that you'll start to feel exhausted and stressed about them.
Making resolutions that are too difficult to achieve in just one year or just too difficult for you to achieve at the moment is setting yourself up for failure.
You need to be realistic about what you can manage to do and while of course, it's great to challenge yourself you still need to make sure the challenge is achievable for you at the present moment.
Although the idea of running in five marathons might sound like a fun challenge if you don't have any experience running then adjusting this to running a mini-marathon is a goal that is still challenging but more achievable.
Make a plan
A goal without even a rough plan of action is useless.
So if your New Year's resolution is to have a healthier lifestyle you need to sit down with a notebook and pen and figure out how you're going to do that.
Break the goal down into smaller goals or tasks that will help you reach the overall one.
If you're trying to be healthier start by looking at your current diet and seeing what changes could be made. If you're not getting enough exercise try to incorporate more movement into your day and do some exercise a few times a week.
Having a basic plan of action will make it easier for you to keep any New Year's resolution as it forces you to think about it more and break it down into specific tasks.
What are your New Year's resolutions?