Maybe you rang in the new year with a new resolve to lose weight or to eat foods that are healthy for you or perhaps even to exercise more often. You may have even resolved to call WeedPro, your lawn mowing and lawn care service in Alpharetta, to have them get started on your lawn as soon as possible. And while you did follow through and call WeedPro, you failed at all of your other New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t feel bad, most people do. In fact, research has shown us that over 50 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions will have broken them by the end of January. And those who make it to the end of the month are likely to have broken their resolutions by Valentine’s Day. We admire your determination, but the follow-through is much harder than most anticipated.
Well, if you are serious about reaching goals this new year, there are ways that you can make your goals more achievable. Here are some tips that could help you keep your resolutions.
Make Reasonable Resolutions
If you are really serious about reaching goals in the new year, start off by making reasonable resolutions. look, we understand that you really want to be more productive at work and get a promotion and a big raise, but the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Not only that, this is a resolution that you have little control over.
Even if you do become very productive at work, it may not translate into anything more than a handshake, pat on the back and employee of the month honors.
Instead, try making smaller resolutions that are realistic and that you have more control over.
Be Specific About Your Goals
Saving more money is an admirable resolution, but without some definable parameters, your best intentions are lost in the new year. The more detailed you are in your resolutions, the easier it is to stay focused on what needs to be done to reach your goals. A better approach to this goal is to resolve to eat out less and save $25 a week. This gives you a solid goal to work towards.
Write Down Your Resolutions
Research suggests you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down as it gives you a greater sense of accountability. After you write down your goals, post them somewhere you will see them every day, like on the refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror. It also helps if you keep a journal on your progress. An honest reflection on your actions may help you recognize patterns that are causing you to fail at your goals.
Share Your Goals with Others
You are more likely to achieve your goals if you share them with the public. So go ahead and post your resolutions on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. It makes it more difficult to just opt out of resolutions if everybody knows about it.
Ask Others for Help
There is no shame in asking friends and family members for their support. Allow yourself to accept whatever help they are willing to give and go to them when you are feeling low. Seeking support will take you to places you may not have made it to on your own.
If the help you are receiving from family and friends isn’t enough, seek the services of a professional. Therapists and other professionals are well-educated and trained to help you find ways to reach your goals.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We all make mistakes, there is just no way to avoid it because none of us are perfect. If you resolved to lose weight and eat healthier foods and find yourself parked at Burger King with a Triple Whopper in one hand and a Big Mac in the other, shrug it off and move on. Taking missteps is a normal part of the process when making big changes in your life. Everybody has their ups and downs and you are no exception.
Change One Behavior at a Time
All of those unhealthy behaviors you have developed over a long period of time. In fact, you can’t even remember when you started eating fast food burgers and fries on a regular basis. Replacing these unhealthy habits with healthy ones isn’t going to happen overnight. And it will be overwhelming enough trying to change one bad habit, much less two or three at the same time.
For this reason, choose one goal at a time and focus on that until it becomes a habit and then move on to the next goal. So if you resolve to stop smoking, quit drinking and stop eating fast food, doing all three at once will prove to be an all too difficult task. Pick one and work on that until you have reached your goal and then move on to the next.
If you resolved to keep a better lawn in 2018, keep your resolution and give WeedPro a call.