Make a New Kind of New Years Resolution

Are you the kind of person who fails to keep their New Year's Resolution going for the entire year? While resolutions like losing weight and quitting smoking are certainly worthwhile pursuits your efforts may fall short if you're not taking other aspects of behavior change into consideration. 

1)      Set realistic expectations
a. Small changes will go a long way. If your goal is to be healthier or lose weight start by adding one fruit or one vegetable to you usual diet and walking for 10-15 minutes per day. For many people jumping into major diet changes and health programs can be a shock. Instead, ease yourself into new habits and focus on making them stick. Also, don't beat yourself up for the mistakes you make along the way- instead, give yourself credit for the successes you've had so far.
2)      Ask for help
a. Calling on a friend or family member to hold you accountable will help you remain dedicated to your new goals. If no one expects you to accomplish something you may be more inclined to let yourself hit the snooze, eat that second (or third) slice, or shy away from that conversation with your boss. Once you've found someone who agrees to check in on your progress make sure to follow through. Set some consequences for yourself & implement them when needed. 

3)      Fine tune your goal
a. As you make progress evaluate yourself to determine if you are on the right track. When outlining your goal determine some checks and balances that will let you know when you're doing well and when you've let some things fall by the wayside. Don't become discouraged if you find yourself making several changes. Stay positive and understand that fine tuning allows you to better understand yourself your expectations.