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Tips for Working Toward Your New Year’s Resolutions

We all like to reflect on our lives at the end of the year. Sometimes we are happy with what we’ve accomplished and sometimes we identify areas that need work. In our fast-paced world, even the best plans can be challenging to complete, but there are ways to help ensure your success no matter what you want to change in the new year.

Here are some things you can do to make it easier to achieve those new goals.

  • Keep It Real - When we start planning our goals, it’s easy to get carried away and plan more than we can actually do. Before you begin, evaluate your resources, the amount of time you’ll have to work on your goals, and how much support you will have. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself at the very start.
  • Use the Buddy System – Talk to family members and friends about what you hope to accomplish. You might find a partner to help you along your journey. At the very least, one or more of them will be willing to help you remain accountable.
  • Prioritize – Some goals may be more important than others. For example, if one goal is to eat healthier foods and lose weight, put that at the top of the list while organizing the closets can fall to a lower priority level.
  • Keep It Simple – Don’t launch every goal plan at the same time. Instead, try starting your weight loss goals in January, your financial goals in April, and your home improvement goals in July. By the time you reach the later goals, you’ll be well entrenched in the habits that are helping you to achieve the most important goals first.
  • Be Honest with Yourself – If you aren’t making progress as quickly as you’d hoped, it’s okay. If that happens, you can reevaluate and modify your steps to make your goal more attainable. Remember to make smart decisions when it comes to your goals. If you are prioritizing nutrition but you’re still craving chocolate, you can find healthy alternatives that won’t compromise your diet. Amber Lyn Chocolates are a great option since they are low carb and have low or no sugar. 
  • Don’t Be Hard on Yourself – If you aren’t meeting a goal or have taken steps backward, like cheating on your diet, don’t make it worse by feeling guilty. Remember, these are goals you set for yourself. Take a deep breath, acknowledge the progress you have made, and set easily attainable short-term goals to get back on track.
  • Track Your Progress – Keep a journal or a personal calendar to record your progress and yes, even your setbacks. At the end of the year when you look back, you can be proud of what you’ve accomplished as well as the obstacles you’ve overcome.
  • Reward Yourself – We all look forward to being rewarded for our efforts, and meeting personal goals shouldn’t be any exception. Whether you reward yourself with a vacation, shopping trip, or chocolate treats, it’s important to recognize and reward your success.

We aren’t living in a perfect world. Things are going to happen that might stand between you and your goals, but with some thoughtful responses and even some healthy chocolate, you’ll get there.