Were you one of the millions of Americans who made New Year's resolutions this January? Well, we’re about a week and a half into the new year, and while some of you may still be going strong on your goals, we’re willing to bet a few of have already abandoned them. How do we know? Research shows that while 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions, only 8% actually succeed in sticking with them. But don’t click away quite yet—we’re here to tell you that there’s still hope. 2017 can be your year—with a few quick tweaks to your approach!
Here are four tips that will help you stick to your resolutions this year.
It’s natural to set really big goals at the beginning of a new year. But it’s also important to ask yourself whether your resolutions are realistic—or even possible to accomplish in the time frame you give yourself. By trying to do too much, you may actually be sabotaging yourself. Instead of trying to save $400 in a month, aim for $50. As opposed to trying to lose the rest of that baby weight, go for a few pounds. Scale back a bit, and see what you’re able to do. You may even find you exceed your goals. And what’s more encouraging then doing better than you expected?
Have you ever noticed that something becomes “more real” when you announce it to the world? You probably don’t want to tell your family and friends that you want to yell at your kids less, for example, because it never feels good to admit fault—at anything. Try to remember that everyone has something they’d like to improve about themselves—and by being vocal you’re not admitting failure—just making yourself accountable.
We moms know that support is crucial. Having a shoulder to lean on is always helpful, especially when you’re raising young kids. The same goes for resolutions. Are you hoping to get to the gym more this year? Maybe a friend has the same goal. Sign up for a class together, or make a weekly plan to meet at a certain time. Want to save some extra money by June? Pair up with another frugal lady and commit to skipping the Starbucks (and banking that extra change). You’re more likely to stick to your goals when abandoning them means letting someone else down.
Of course, we all want to rock 2017 and accomplish everything we set out to do. But sometimes success is about baby steps. Let’s say you want to lose 30 pounds. It’s much more manageable to break that number up into smaller increments. Were you able to lose three or four in January? Get to the gym two times a week? Give yourself a pat on the back—and treat yourself to a movie or pedicure. That positive reinforcement will keep you moving forward.
Now we want to hear from you—what are your resolutions for 2017? The Covered Goods community is a warm and welcoming place—we’re always here to support you! Visit us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, and don’t forget to tag #coveredgoods.