[BLOG] Live It Out!: Resolutions And New Year’s Goals

By Yuna Muyinda, Prevention Manager
St. Hope Foundation

As the New Year begins, people are starting to live out their new year’s resolutions. Making New Year‘s resolutions is something that is practiced all over the world. Among the most common resolutions are to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit, eat healthier foods and consume less alcohol just to name a few. It might be easy to identify what we want to be in 2014, but sticking to the path to achieving our goals is a true test for our willpower and quite honestly, most of us fall off the wagon by February.

So the question becomes how can I ensure that I can stick to my goals? Below are a few suggestions to ensure that you do not deviate from the goals you have set.

  • Start believing that you are in control. Making resolutions alone is not enough to make them happen. Once you realize that you have the power to decide what comes of the resolutions you have set, they seem to be easier to achieve.
  • Set goals that are attainable. It is important to set realistic goals so that you are not setting yourself up for failure. Set goals that are meaningful to you so that you do not lose sight of what you want to achieve in the end.
  • Take steps small steps to achieve your goals. Break your yearly goals down into sub goals within the given time period and look at your goal in 2-3 month increments rather than a whole year.
  • Recognize your achievements. Once your goals are broken down, recognize the small achievements that you are making towards your goal. If you recognize your small achievements, you are more likely to obtain your final goal.

To conclude, set your goals, work towards them, and achieve them!