Tips for Setting and Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution

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Alyssa Deem provides tips for setting and achieving 2017 goals.

Every year we make the same old resolutions to get better grades, lose weight, eat healthier, or some other general resolution. But how many of us actually attain those goals? This year, let’s make a change. Choose a resolution you are extremely passionate about and instead of having multiple, just pick one resolution to focus on. In order to make this year’s resolution different from any others it needs to be attainable, measurable and realistic.

An attainable goal is something you have the confidence in yourself to achieve. This is the first step in picking a New Year’s resolution. Think of something you have been wanting to do for a long time and work up the courage to give it a try. Another thing that will make your goal attainable is if you have someone to hold you accountable. Find a friend or family member who is working toward the same or similar goal and work together. No one said you had to do this alone! Even if they are not working toward a similar goal, find someone to keep you accountable to finally reach that goal you’ve always wanted to.

A measurable goal is, of course, something you can measure. So put a number and a time constraint on it. Whether it be wanting to maintain an A by your midterm exam, or wanting to lose 15 pounds in 3 months, these are things you can measure and track the progress of, as opposed to simply wanting to get good grades or to lose weight. Finding a way to measure your goal will allow you to track your progress and give you the motivation to keep going. Once you reach your initial goal you can decide if you want to keep going or add onto your goal. It is kind of like taking your new year in steps.

A realistic goal is something you choose from experience or outside knowledge, making it very probable for you to achieve. Making sure your goal is realistic is important because no one wants another one of those resolutions they set and then never even start because they wonder what they were thinking. So make sure your goal is realistic and it is something you know you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.

New Year’s resolutions can be fun, but they should not be stressful because you have a whole year to achieve your goal! Pick one resolution, make sure it is attainable, measurable and realistic, and have someone to keep you accountable. Hopefully these tips will ensure you have successful New Year!

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