New Year's Resolutions and How to Stick to Them

Once a year it seems as if everyone in the world vows to make some drastic changes in their lifestyle. Some of the most common New Year's Resolutions include:

  • Eat healthier
  • Volunteer more
  • Get in better shape
  • Save money
  • And tons more!

Starting off the year with a couple New Year's Resolutions pretty much guarantees that you'll at least give a couple seconds more thought to the decisions you make through out the year, but it can also lead to feeling guilty if you don't follow through with your plans. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your goals for 2015:

Be specific
One of the most common mistakes people make when creating New Year's Resolutions is that they make very general goals (Get healthier, be more organized, etc.). If you narrow down your goal, you are more likely to take the steps to achieve. Instead of just getting healthier, how about setting a goal weight of what you'd like to reach? Or a specific amount of vegetables you'd like to eat every day? If you want to save money, try setting a specific amount you want to have saved by the end of the month or year.

Set mini-goals
It's exceptionally difficult to wake up on the morning of January 1st and immediately jump into your resolutions. So try taking small steps. Want to save money in 2015? Decide to set aside five dollars every week, that'll give you $260 by the end of the year. Want to be better organized? Get yourself a planner and plan out one month at a time rather than focusing too far in the future.

Limit yourself
No one can volunteer more, get a new job, save money, run a marathon, travel the world, and eat healthier all at the same time (Okay, maybe some people can but not most), so limit yourself to a fewer number of resolutions in order to keep your goals in mind. Focus only on those that are your top priority.

Hold yourself accountable
Write your goals down and post them where you'll see them everyday. Start a journal. Post about your plans on Facebook or Twitter. Join a group. Do anything that makes sure you hold yourself accountable to the changes that you want to make. If you have other people rooting for you, you are far more likely to be successful.

We want to hear from you! What are your resolutions for 2015? Do you have any tips to share for how to make those goals stick? Share with us in the comments below!