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How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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A majority of people who set New Year’s resolutions break their goals by February. While that may sound depressing, it’s important to remember that New Year’s resolutions are not necessarily meant to turn you into an entirely different person. Instead, the success of a resolution should really be judged on whether you change for the better, however slightly.

The American Psychological Association, also called the APA, suggests starting small if you really want to succeed. That doesn’t mean you can’t aim high; instead, the APA says you should gradually build to resolutions. For example, if you want to exercise more frequently, start with one or two days a week. Instead, of starting with seven days of intense training, a few days at a time is much more manageable.

Next, focus on one thing at a time. It’s commendable that some people try to quit smoking and drinking while also getting more exercise, but changing multiple behaviors simultaneously can be overwhelming. Focus on the easiest task first, and then work your way up to bigger goals (sometimes called the “snowball strategy”). With the confidence you have from making easier changes, you’re more likely to succeed with difficult resolutions.

Finally, don’t make your resolution all or nothing. In other words, if you want to quit eating junk food but you slip up and have chips for lunch, don’t quit. People are more likely to achieve their resolution goals when they recognize that perfection is unattainable. If you fail one day, don’t beat yourself up. At Lancaster Nissan, we can’t wait for the New Year to arrive.

Ideas for New Year’s Resolutions: Set New Goals

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New Year’s is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to think about your next New Year’s resolution. Some of the most common resolutions is to exercising more, but we at Lancaster Nissan have created a list of creative ideas as well. Above all else, it’s important to set realistic goals.

According to Daring to Live Fully, one particularly effective resolution is to learn something new each day. That might sound like a daunting task, but you’d be surprised how often you learn new things as the day progresses. Maybe you’ll learn a new word one day, while on another you can pick up a new skill. Learning something new each day is the perfect challenge for most people.

Next, eat fewer calories. For those looking to lose weight, you should set a specific number, as you’re more likely to achieve a resolution with clear goals. Losing weight can vary from person to person, but one thing is constant: caloric output has to be more than input to lose weight. We suggest a graduated scale (cut back 50 calories, then 100, then 200, etc.) as a way to start your weight-loss adventure.

Finally, read more books. For example, try reading 10 classic works of American fiction or the 5 best detective novels of the twentieth century. If you prefer poetry, try to work your way through a movement or group, like the Beat or Black Mountain poets. Not into fiction or poetry? Try history or memoirs. You can easily customize this resolution to fit your tastes, but be sure to set specific goals.

Looking for other resolutions? Try writing a business plan, organizing your documents, hiking once a week, starting meditation, keeping a journal, or travelling more. You can’t go wrong with most of these resolutions.

Proven Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are a tradition all around the US. However, many people fail to keep their resolutions, even past the end of January. While that might shock a few, many of us have tried and failed to keep resolutions in the past. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.

Believe it or not, medical experts have suggestions for helping you keep your resolutions. Many psychiatrists, according to WebMD, suggest exercising to help you kick bad habits. This suggestion is for people who are resolved to give up smoking, eating junk food, or drinking, for example. Whenever you get the urge to break your resolution, try working out. Believe it or not, it can increase the likelihood that you are successful by up to 27%.

Next, take it slow. By this we mean make one resolution at a time. If you’re initial goal is to get in shape by losing 20 pounds, quitting smoking, and quitting junk food, this may make realistic goals harder to achieve. Focus on one small task at a time—by breaking it up, you’re much more likely to succeed at all of your goals.

Finally, use visual cues. As evidenced by researchers at Tufts University, keeping a photo of your goal can increase the odds that you’ll achieve it. For example, get a photo of a thinner you (perhaps from years ago) to put on the fridge as motivation. Get a photo of a vacation destination for your wallet to help you reduce unnecessary spending. You get the picture.

These tips are statistically proven to help you succeed at your New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, the most important thing to remember is persistence. If you failed last year, be sure to try again. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail—those who persist tend to succeed.