Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

 

Photo Credit: Countdown Entertainment, LLC.

Photo Credit: Countdown Entertainment, LLC.

In just a few short days, the clock will countdown and the ball will drop. We will enter 2013. Our entrance into the New Year will bring about New Year’s resolutions for many of us. Time and time again we decide to lose weight, save money, try new things and get organized, but all too often these resolutions result in failure. 75% of people make it through the first week and only 46% of people make it through six months, with only 8% actually achieving their goals! Is there a way to fix this failure?

There are many reasons resolutions don’t work out, from not planning it out properly to not being held accountable. January 1st makes you feel invincible but then life sets in. The most important thing to remember when setting a New Year’s Resolution is to keep it SMART.

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Attainable

R- Realistic

T- Timely

Try to make goals which have real significance to you rather than a goal which would be simply nice to accomplish, however, they do need to be something you can achieve. If the goal is large, break it up into smaller goals, but make sure you have a clear idea of what you are going to accomplish and how you are going to go about it. You’ll need to have a deadline, in this case, you can set the deadline as the following January 1st, unless you want to have deadlines for your smaller goals. Tell someone else your goals so you can be held accountable and so you have a support system. This support system may have similar resolutions, so you can achieve them together. As the year moves forward, don’t let setbacks get you down! If you falter, you can still keep moving forward and set a goal any time of the year. You already have a leg up as younger people are more likely to stick with their New Year’s Resolutions!

Photo Credit: Empowernetwork.com

Photo Credit: Empowernetwork.com

So, hopefully we’ll see you in UREC working out, buying a salad in Dukes, stocking up on folders and binders in the Bookstore in order to get organized or working towards any goal you see fit. We believe in you Dukes!

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