5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Each year as you count down the last few seconds, you tell yourself, “this year is going to be different.” You make promises to yourself to eat better, pick up a new hobby or finally take that trip you’ve been dreaming about. New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition, but unfortunately, many of them never come to fruition. In fact, 80 percent of people drop their resolutions by early February, the excitement fading rather quickly.
Want to truly make this year different? Then make 2017 the year you stick to your resolutions! To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of five things you can do to make sure you end 2017 accomplishing everything you set out to do.
1. Keep the List Small
One of the worst things you can do is make a mile-long list of things you want to change this year. It’s great that you’re feeling ambitious, but if you go after too many goals, there’s a good chance you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed. By choosing just two or three goals to chase in 2017, you’ll have much more focus to actually achieve them. And hey, if you finish your resolutions before the year’s up, you can always pick three more!
2. Be as Specific as Possible
Vague resolutions are only going to set you up for failure. You’ll find it’s much easier to make excuses when your goals aren’t specific. For example, say you want to “exercise more” this year. Well, what does more mean? Is going just one additional day each week OK? If you miss a few days this week but still go a few times next week does that count? You see the problem. Being more specific would be committing to go to the gym three times each week. Goals that are more specific hold you accountable, and that’s how you stick to them.
3. Make Time for Your Goals
The thing about resolutions is they’re usually things you want to change, things you don’t normally do in your everyday routine. That means you’re going to need to take time out of your schedule to attend to them. If it helps to put items on your calendar, do that. Maybe set an alarm on your smartphone to remind you it’s time to do whatever it is. Making time for your goals is the only way you’re going to achieve them.
4. Bring a Friend Along
Study after study has shown us the power of a support system when trying to accomplish something. So put that power to good use and ask a friend to go on this journey with you. Whether you’re both tackling the same resolution in the new year or working on different goals, the two of you can hold each other accountable and lend a helping hand when the other needs a pep talk.
5. Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself
Lastly, don’t forget to reward yourself for following through on your goals. Celebrating the little victories along the way can keep you motivated and excited to continue on to the finish line.
With these five tips, you’ll be ready to get on board with the “New Year, new you” sentiment. While you’re brainstorming ideas for your resolutions, keep your insurance in mind. It might not be the most exciting New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made, but resolving to review your insurance policies this year is a great way to ensure you and your family are protected. Whether it’s car, home or life insurance, take the time to go over your coverage and identify areas you might need to update.
If you need help going over your policy, make an appointment to speak with an agent at Hal Tiffany Agency, Inc. We’re always here when you need help making sense of your insurance. Give us a call today and we’ll get you scheduled.
And from all of us, have a Happy New Year.