Have you ever set a New Year resolution and failed within the first 4 weeks on the year? Here are five tips to help you create the perfect resolution.

Be Specific

One of the main reasons why New Year resolutions fail is because they are too general. If your resolution is to “be healthy” you need to ask your self how do you want to do that? Do you want to lose weight? Start exercising? Stop smoking? By breaking down your resolution into a specific item it will seem a lot more manageable.

Be Measurable

A goal like “lose weight” is simply not enough. How will you track your progress and how will you know once you have reached your goal if you don’t define it. Is it a day to day goal? 4 weeks? 3 months? Making a goal measurable means adding a number.

Be Attainable

Before you can add a number, you have to know how high or low you want to go. It is always good to “shoot for the stars” but your resolution needs to be realistic. Alternatively, you don’t want to make your goal too easy to achieve. Making your resolution too extreme or too easy can effect your motivation to achieve that goal. You are the only one that knows your limits and capabilities.

Be Relevant

Your resolution should be something that is important to you, not something that someone else is pressuring you to attain. Studies show that people who are intrinsically motivated, motivated by self, are more driven and will adhere to their program more than people that are extrinsically motivated, motivated by others. If losing weight is not important to you at this time then pick something that is! It can be anything, just make sure that it is something YOU want to achieve.

Be Time-Bound

When you make a resolution for the WHOLE year, it can be a daunting task. Knowing you have an endpoint that is not 12 months away will motivate you to make changes and get your work done. Knowing you have a deadline with motivate you to get started. Once you reach your end date, you should asses your progress, set new goals, and repeat!

Written by: Sarah Browning

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