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Tips For Keeping Your 2019 New Year Resolutions
As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we're sure our Captain's Cove residents are gathering up all their willpower and strength to execute their 2019 resolutions. We think it's safe to say that at least once in our lives, we've all committed to a resolution that just didn't last. Whether it's losing weight or saving money, we're giving our homeowners a few tips when it comes to sticking to your New Year's resolutions!
Be Realistic and Specific
"My New Year's Resolution is to go to the gym and lose 50 Pounds," said the person who gave up on their gym membership on February 1st. This resolution is broad, and a little unrealistic, especially if going to the gym hasn't been a part of your daily routine within the past year. When making your New Year's Resolution, address one habit you wish to change instead of re-examining your entire lifestyle. An easy resolution to stick with is to stay active all year round. Staying active doesn't just involve the gym, and will improve your overall health. With a simple list of short and long-term goals your resolution is well within reach!
Make A Plan
"My New Year's Resolution is to save more money," said the person who spent all their holiday gift cards on those after Christmas and New Year's Day sales. Your resolution should be decided well before December 31st. Writing your resolutions on paper helps you visualize your goals and the steps you need to take to see them come to fruition. Keep your goals organized and incorporate them into your daily schedule. If your goal is to save money, create a step by step plan as to why and how you'll budget your money to save year round. Maybe by opening a savings account, making your home more energy efficient, or just keeping your holiday gift cards for a later date( new spring wardrobe perhaps?) Whatever your New Year's Resolution is for 2019, make a plan and write it down!
Track Your Progress
"My New Year's Resolution was to........but .......," said the person who didn't track the progress of their 2019 resolutions. "Research indicates that such 'self-monitoring' increases the probability of keeping your resolution," says John Norcross, Ph.D., co-author of Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions. You should be doing a self-assessment of your goals at least once a week in January. Record any progress as well as setbacks to learn from. As the year continues, you'll be able to track your progress on a month-to-month basis.
Don't Give Up
And last but certainly, not least, don't give up! Even if you missed a week at the gym or spent all that holiday cash, you can always start again. Be patient with yourself and stay motivated!
Happy New Year!