This is the year that you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Follow these three easy tips from Catholic Charities licensed professional counselor, Rebecca Sauer, to keep you on the road to success.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Often, successful New Year's resolutions depend on the criteria of being realistic. For example, when we set resolutions for long-term goals like losing weight with the goal of losing five pounds a week - we are setting ourselves up for failure. Instead, do some research and find out what are healthy and legitimate expectations for accomplishing your goal.
Take an inventory of your goals - and focus on the ones that are realistic.
Choose a Few Resolutions
If you have a list of 10 resolutions, it might be time to start with only one or two. Try choosing one resolution that is very important to you and another that will be easy to accomplish.
It’s also important to be kind to yourself. It may be time to accept parts of yourself, instead of trying to change. If this is your case, then perhaps contentment could be one of your resolutions
Use a Day Planner
Planning out each step will help you achieve success. If your goal is to lose weight, you may want to schedule exercise three days a week for one hour. You might also want to schedule one hour a week to study nutrition and learn how to make healthy food choices.
“If you really want your resolutions to stick, it is very important to make a plan, determine the steps you need to get there and schedule it out over the next 12 months,” Sauer says. “If you cannot make room in your schedule for your resolution, it simply will not happen.”
Assessing your schedule is an important step in planning. Someone who works full time, goes to school and has a family may not have three extra hours per week to devote to a resolution to exercise in the gym. A more realistic goal would be to schedule a half hour, three times a week to go on family walk or do a dance-a-thon in the living room.
Reasonable, Realistic, Small Steps
Making impossible resolutions won’t help you in the long run—so keep your resolutions realistic. Setting the bar too high will likely only hurt your self-esteem. If you choose to make resolutions this year, consider one or two that will improve your health and emotional well-being.
“Make sure your resolutions are reasonable, realistic and able to be broken down into small steps,” says Sauer.
Do you have an issue you’d like to overcome this year? Consider getting a professional to help you. Learn more about Catholic Charities counseling services or make an appointment by calling 602-749-4405. Our counselors work on a sliding fee customized to each client.