As we say goodbye to 2022 and look ahead to the new year, many of us are resolved to make changes in our lives.
But changing your behavior is never easy, and it's even harder to stick to your goals over the long term. That's why we've put together some tips to help you make lasting changes in 2023. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Set realistic goals.
It's important to set goals that are realistic and attainable. When your goals are too big or too unrealistic, it can be demotivating and cause you to give up altogether. So, take a moment to think about what you would realistically like to accomplish in the next year.
2. Make a plan.
Once you've settled on some realistic goals, it's time to make a plan of action. What steps do you need to take in order to achieve your goal? Write down your plan and refer to it often so that you can stay on track.
3. Set a deadline.
In addition to setting realistic goals, it's also important to set deadlines for yourself. This will help you stay accountable and motivated to actually achieve your goals. So, if you want to lose 20 pounds, don't just say "I want to lose weight." Say "I want to lose 20 pounds by June 1st."
4. Find a support group.
No matter what your goal is, there's bound to be a support group out there that can help you along the way. There are groups for everything from weight loss to quitting smoking to learning a new language. Find one that fits your needs and connect with other people who are working toward similar goals.
5. Reward yourself!
As you accomplish each mini goal along the way, reward yourself! This will help keep you motivated and excited about achieving your overall goal. And when you finally reach your goal, don't forget to celebrate in a big way!
Making New Year's resolutions is a great way to reflect on the past year and set our sights on the year ahead. But it's important to make sure that our resolutions are achievable so that we don't get discouraged and give up altogether. By following these five tips—set realistic goals, make a plan, set a deadline, find a support group, and reward yourself—you'll be well on your way to making New Year's resolutions that you'll actually keep!