Most of us make New Year’s resolutions … and most of us break them. Keeping a New Year’s resolution can be really difficult – so what is the secret to coming up with resolutions that work?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Too many times, we make New Year’s resolutions because they’re something everyone “should” do or, even worse, because a friend or your doctor told you to. If somebody tells you to lose weight and your heart is not in it – then you won’t last past January 5. Make your resolution something you have always wanted to do but just needed that extra bit of motivation.
Instead of saying, “Lose weight,” say, “I will do three 30-minute elliptical workouts a week.” Specific goals are much easier to meet than vague ones and once you start making a habit of it it becomes much easier to sustain.
ONE AT A TIME
It’s easy to write a massive list of New Year’s resolutions. But it’s hard to keep up with them all. Your brain will lose track of all the different behavior changes – and then you won’t just drop one of them, you’ll drop them all. Make no more than three resolutions – and if you have a history of never keeping them start with just one. Something simple. Something you can feel good about keeping and something you are confident you can keep.
Share your resolutions and progress with your family and friends. Form a group with friends who are seeking similar goals (weight loss, quitting smoking, not losing your temper as much, etc). Shared journeys are much less intimidating than ones you take on your own. If you need help, ask for it and accept it – we all do sometimes.
In conclusion, keep your New Year’s resolutions by keeping them simple and not being afraid to ask for help. If your New Year’s resolution includes moving – Candlewood North has amazing apartments with a resort-style pool and grilling area, on-site laundry and spacious floor plans in a great neighborhood with good schools. Find out more about our Northridge apartments and what floor plans we have available, today.