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Your New Year’s February Resolution

It’s only February, and for many of us, that resolution we made in the first few seconds of 2015 is long gone. Was your goal too broad? Did your strategy have holes in it? Here are a few ideas of where you went wrong along the way, and some tips on how to get back on track to your goal.

Improper planning – You can’t expect to achieve your goals for the New Year if you don’t have a plan! The more specific your plan is, the more likely you will stick to it. Instead of setting a goal to “exercise more,” set a goal of going to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That way, when those specific days roll around, you will feel some accountability to actually get out there and do it!

Make sure the goal you set is S.M.A.R.T.:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timely

Instead of trying to revamp your entire life, try to pick one or two resolutions. You are more likely to succeed if you don’t feel overwhelmed. (Plus you have to save something to fix in 2016.)

Lack of Support – Trying to change your life without having anyone to back you up is setting yourself up for failure. Whether you want to shout it from the rooftops, or simply confide in a close friend, it’s important to have someone in your corner to help keep you accountable. Don’t be ashamed of your resolution. There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement!

Ineffective Execution – Successful resolutions evolve. They start out as resolutions and end up as lifestyle changes. Maybe you should switch up your mindset.

It’s important to eliminate temptations whenever possible. You wouldn’t want to start a diet with Little Debbie Zebra cakes in the cabinet, or try to quit smoking with ashtrays on your patio. Getting rid of these items is the first step toward achieving your goal.

Another way you can find success in your resolution is to automate it. If you want to save $1200 for the ski trip you’re planning in December, have your bank set up an automatic draft so $50 from each paycheck goes to your savings account. That way you don’t even have to think about it.

The most important step of keeping a resolution is accepting that there will be bumps in the road. You are going to eat a cupcake eventually; you just don’t have to have 3 cupcakes. Accept that you’re human and regroup. Every day is a new day, so make it count!

How’s your resolution going? Are you on track to your goal?.