Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Plan for Success with your New Year's ResolutionsFirst, Happy New Year!

We hope you had a great celebration to ring in 2012 and we look forward to blogging with you throughout the year.

New Year’s Resolutions may be simple to make but they are frustratingly hard to keep. Whether your goal is to lose some weight, stop smoking, control your anger, create a new job resume, or learn a new skill, these common, general tips can help you increase the odds of success.

1. Be specific – know exactly what you want to do or not do
2. Be realistic – set achievable goals so you don’t give up in frustration
3. Be flexible – don’t set all-or-nothing rules that don’t give you any wiggle room
4. Make one change at a time – trying to change too many things at once can mean all fail
5. Make a plan – make sure you map out how to reach your goals
6. Set expectations – expect problems and slow progress so you’re ready for it
7. Stay positive – frame failures as temporary setbacks or challenges and keep going
8. Be active every day – try to do one thing each day to contribute to your goals
9. Get support – tell family or friends to get social support

Here are some additional tips to help you keep your resolutions from Lifehacker.com,
the Mayo Clinic, GoodHousekeeping.com, and Forbes.com. The federal government’s USA.gov also has a good collection of online resources to help you with the most popular resolutions.

If you didn’t make a resolution yet, don’t fret. I’ll give you permission to read these tips and start now. And if you still don’t feel like changing anything, you’re not alone. Here’s an article about people who are defiantly holding onto their vices, resisting change.

And here’s one more link: just in case your goal was to upgrade to a faster high-speed Internet connection.

Good luck with all your goals in 2012!