Create a New Start for a New You

5 Ways to Create a New Start for the New Year

Ready for Change? 5 Ways to Create a New Start for a New You
by VERGE Staff | Lifestyle and Wellbeing | Tuesday, January 3, 2017 

A new year means a fresh start and it presents the perfect opportunity for setting new intentions. Traditionally, the New Year has been the most favorable time to create change and set positive goals. But as the saying goes, “old habits die hard,” which can make it a challenge for just about anyone to stay committed to their New Year’s resolutions. But despite the challenges that often comes with making positive changes, a new year definitely marks a new beginning; a new chapter of your life. So, to ensure this year’s pledges, proposals, and plans don’t remain pending, practice the following five tips to stay focused, and make constructive change:

Be Specific 
A resolution that’s too vague or general may ultimately prove ineffective. For example, if one of your resolutions is to lose weight, you probably hope to lose a significant amount over the new year, as opposed to one or two pounds. If you set specific and periodic goals, such as lose two or three pounds by the end of January, then you’re building a measuring stick to which you can gauge your progress along the way. As you meet this measuring stick each month, it will motivate you to continue on course and realize your resolution by year’s end.

Don't Go to Extremes 
If you habitually find resolutions hard to live up to, then stick to a single resolution this year. This allows you to focus your undivided attention and efforts more effectively and reduces the likelihood of being overburdened, which could negatively impact your progress and ultimately your success.

Get Automated Help 
For many, saving money is a popular New Year’s resolution, and employing the use of technology can help you accomplish your financial goals. If your goal is to save ‘X’ amount of dollars this coming year, then sit down and calculate how much you need to save each pay period to make it a reality. You can then have that figure automatically deposited into an interest-bearing savings account each time you’re paid.

Enlist Friends 
If you and your friends have a common goal, join forces. If you’re looking to get more walks in, enlist friends and family members to walk with you at specific times. The buddy system is a great motivation tool, and calling on the help of your family and friends provides the added benefit of seeing loved ones more often in the year ahead.

Don’t Get Frazzled with Setbacks 
A wrong turn at Albuquerque can sometimes derail our progress. Resolutions all too often fall by the wayside when we experience setbacks directly related to our objectives. If you resolved to save money but had a bad month, don’t allow that tough month to discourage you from your goal. While setbacks are practically inevitable, it’s never an excuse to give up on a resolution.

Following these guidelines will help get your New Year off to a promising fresh start, and its also bound to make your resolutions come true.

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