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Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions (Part One)

January 7, 2016 Hastings and Hastings

The New Year is finally here. The wild and hectic holiday season has passed us by, and it is time to settle back into real life. For many of us, this also means it is time to make New Year’s resolutions. It is time for our annual attempt to become better people. We all know how this usually goes. It is easy to be excited about a resolution for the first few weeks of the year. Eventually however, excitement wanes, interest dissipates, and resolutions are forgotten altogether. Not this year though! You are going to follow Hastings & Hastings tips for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.

1) Don’t Shoot for the Stars

This first tip seems like a bit of a downer doesn’t it? Stay with us. A good New Year’s resolution is attainable. Sure you could resolve to save an extra $2 million this year, but that isn’t going to happen now is it? You are going to give up in just a few weeks because your goal seems unattainable. Now if you resolve to add an extra $5,000 do your savings account this year, you might just succeed. With every dollar you add, you will see yourself getting closer and closer to your goal. You will feel motivated and excited to accomplish your resolution. You may even succeed!

2) Appreciate Incremental Improvement

Real change doesn’t happen overnight. Perhaps you have resolved to lose a little weight this year. You want to trim the waistline. You’d like to drop maybe, 20 pounds. You have an entire year to accomplish this! You don’t want to burn yourself out on dieting in the first few months. Start slow, and check your progress on a regular basis. If you lose half a pound a week, you should feel good about that! Even the smallest step in the right direction is better than no step at all.