As the New Year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2018. If you’ve had a hard time sticking to your resolutions in the past, we have some tips that are sure to increase the odds of your success this year.

Choose goals that are meaningful to you

Vowing to lose weight is one of the most commonly made and broken resolutions.  Rather than choose trendy goals, think about the areas of your life you want to improve and choose goals that are meaningful to you.

Make your list manageable

Stick to two or three resolutions that you intend to keep.   A short list means you’ll be able to devote more time and energy towards accomplishing the things you really want.

Create specific goals

In order to be effective, your goals need to be specific. Rather than say, “I want to get in shape”, make your goal, “I will go to the gym every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm”.

Automate

Want to save money in 2018?  Automatic transfers can be a tremendous help.  Decide on a year-end goal then calculate how much you’ll need to put away from each check in order to hit your mark.  Once you have a figure in mind, arrange to have the money automatically transferred into your savings every time you get paid.

Come up with a game plan

Instead of setting out to accomplish one large goal, break it down into smaller steps. For example, if you want to lose 100 pounds next year, focus on losing 1-2 pounds a week. Mini accomplishments will help you stay motivated.

Be prepared to break old habits

One of the reasons people fail to keep their resolutions is because they aren’t ready to change. In order to get what you want, you have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.  Be prepared to break old habits and make some sacrifices to achieve your dreams.

Visualize your goals

Write down your goals and keep them posted in a place where you’ll see them regularly.  This will serve as a constant reminder of what you need to be working towards.

Tell someone about your resolutions

By letting someone know what you’re trying to achieve, they can help hold you accountable for your actions and be a much needed support system.

Don’t give up

Not everyone is able to accomplish their goals without hitting a few bumps in the road. Take one day at a time and don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up every now and then.  Whatever you do, don’t give up.