The new year is upon us — have you thought about your resolutions?

Many of us create a list of goals and dreams we want to tackle in the coming year. Most of these ideas revolve around building a better future for ourselves and making positive changes in our lives. We vow to lose weight, commit to an exercise routine or save more money.

Whatever your goals may be, it can be hard to make those habits stick. It’s well known that the vast majority of resolution-makers end up being resolution-breakers. But you don’t have to be one of them!

Five easy tips to make goal-setting simple and less stressful

  1. Be realistic. Setting goals that aren’t attainable within a reasonable time frame or under realistic circumstances only sets you up for failure. Make sure you start small with your goals, so you feel accomplished along the way.
  2. Write it down. Jotting down your thoughts will not only help you remember, it will help you visualize what you’re trying to achieve.
  3. Share your goals. Communicating your goals with a partner, friend or colleague will hold you accountable and also provide encouragement. Sharing your ideas with a close confidant will motivate you because this person believes in you and your abilities.
  4. Stay optimistic. There may be times when you notice yourself sliding back into an old habit — it’s OK. The good news is, you’re becoming aware of when that happens and what triggers the slide. This awareness is invaluable and is the starting point for growth. Trust in your plan and know that you’re progressing day by day.
  5. Reward yourself. Take pride in sticking to your plan and making positive changes. If you’re aiming to lose weight, buy yourself new workout shoes once you hit your first goal. Positive reinforcement will keep you focused and ready to tackle the next step.

Invest in yourself — it has a lasting impact on your life

Investing in your life and making positive change takes guts! Be proud about making the investment. Your effort will also have an impact on others and encourage them to pursue their own goals. Use the new year as a chance to recognize all you accomplished in the past year and focus on what you want to achieve next.

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