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Did you know that only 46% of those people making New Year’s Resolutions follow through?

Naturally, we don’t want to be in the camp of folks that fail to achieve their aspirations and dreams for 2020, so we’ve put together an exhaustive plan for following through on your resolution.

If you want to realize your New Year’s resolution this year, follow these 10 steps:

1. Mentally prepare for change

Changing ingrained habits is no easy task, so before diving head-first into your New Year’s resolution, it is important to take a step back and get ready for that impending change.

As you start thinking about the changes you want to implement, make sure to do the following:

Stay positive
Try not to make big/quick changes
Change should be gradual
Build on smaller changes
Allow a little room for error

2. Set a goal that motivates you

Make sure the goal you set is important to you and only you and that there is value or benefit for you in achieving the goal. It is these two things that will provide the reason and willingness to take action. This is also known as motivation!

3. Limit resolutions to a manageable amount

Make a short list of resolutions that you can manage in the upcoming year.

Final thought: It’s better to tackle one resolution well than multiple resolutions poorly.

4. Be specific

When it comes to setting resolutions, it’s easy to set bad goals that could lead to poor follow through. Set SMART goals.

SMART goals are:

Specific - Articulate the resolution as clearly as possible. For example, quitting smoking is better than being healthy. While “being healthy” is great, the wording can be interpreted in many ways.  
Measurable - Quantify your resolution if possible, i.e. I will lose 10% of my body weight.
Attainable - Choose a goal within the realm of possibility, but yet challenging. Making 100 friends this year would be amazing, but probably pretty hard to do. On the other, making 10 new friends is doable.
Relevant - Keep it relevant to your priorities and goals.
Time-sensitive - Give yourself a time-frame in which to achieve a goal. A deadline will instill some urgency and provide a time when you can celebrate your success.

5. Break up big goals into smaller goals

A lot of us tend to be over eager and grandiose when it comes to resolutions. We have the best of intentions and may accidentally take on a goal that is too big to achieve. Thus, it’s helpful to divide a big goal into smaller goals that are more achievable.

You can break up your year-long resolution into weekly or monthly goals. And have tasks planned for each month.

6. Write down your goals

While it’s great to have goals, it is critical to document them in some way. Here are six reasons to write down your goals:

They are easy to forget. While that may seem silly, we are human, and it is human to be easily distracted and forgetful.

Writing down your resolutions helps you clarify what it is you want to achieve. It forces you to make decisions and be precise with your words.

Writing establishes intention, but action needs to be taken to achieve your resolution. Having a written account of your goals is a constant reminder to take action.

Written goals can act as a filter and guiding light for what opportunities to pursue. On any given day, there are a million decisions to make. When in doubt, refer to the goals you have set to dictate the way forward.

Documented goals will help you overcome resistance to progress. We set goals to move forward, but there is a natural resistance to change. Your written goals spur you forward when you hit a speed bump or obstacle.

Finally, written goals are a reminder of how far you have come and what you have achieved. It’s a nice feeling to look at back at the end of next year, and know your resolution has come to fruition.

7. Share your resolutions with others

It’s great to make a resolution for yourself and maybe even write it down, but if no one else knows about it, it’s easy to forget about or even ignore. And when you don’t achieve it, no one will notice or care.

8. Automate where possible

The good news is you probably have technology in your pocket that can help you follow through on your resolution - automation in the form of reminder apps.

9. Review your resolution regularly

Let’s face it, if you are not thinking about your resolution regularly, you are not going to follow through. Thus, a crucial part of realizing your goal is a regular review.

At a minimum, this review should be monthly, but the more frequent the better.

10. If you fall off track, get back on quick

Setbacks can happen, but so long as they are handled correctly, they will not impact the big goal. The key is to avoid a defeatist attitude at all costs.

Once a mistake is made, own it and move on to the next thing. For example, if you skipped a study session, make it up tomorrow, and keep on moving. A few small mistakes shouldn’t spoil your resolution for the year!

We hope these 10 steps help you follow through with your resolutions and make 2020 your best year yet.

Happy New Year from Carolina SeniorCare! Carolina SeniorCare located at 802 East Center Street, Lexington, NC serves seniors in Davidson, Rowan, Davie and Iredell counties. Visit our website at www.carolinaseniorcare.org.  Carolina SeniorCare is under the sponsorship of United Church Homes and Services (UCHS), a not-for-profit ministry offering senior housing and services for nearly 50 years, located in Newton, NC.  

Excerpts from:  https://www.goskills.com/Soft-Skills

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