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How to Make New Year's Resolutions That You'll Actually Keep

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The New Year is always full of high hopes for making big changes in our lives. But as most people can attest, come February the gym is notoriously empty as New Year’s Resolutioners give up. Despite our best intentions, the sad truth is that for most of us, our resolutions fall by the wayside as we get pulled back into the hustle and bustle of life.

So how can we be better about keeping our New Year’s Resolutions? Whether they’re personal or work-related, a few simple shifts of habit and thinking can go a long way into helping you achieve your goals in the coming year.

Spread the Love. There are many different aspects to your life, and your New Year’s resolutions should cover all of them. Setting too many health, financial, or business goals can be overwhelming. Think about how you want to improve each area of your life, and set a specific goal for each.

Break it Down. Losing 30 pounds can be intimidating. But losing 5 pounds a month for 6 months? Much more manageable. Breaking down lofty resolutions into smaller milestones can help you see your goals as much more achievable—and gives you more reasons to celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

Write them Down. We’ve all had the (embarrassing) moment where we say “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember,” and then promptly forgotten. Writing down your goals—and their deadlines—makes you that much more likely to accomplish them. Whether you carry a planner, put it on your phone, or make reminders in your Gmail calendar, write your resolutions down and look at them frequently.

Grab a Friend. If you have trouble staying accountable, having a friend committed to the same goals as you can help you stay on track. Whether they’re coming with you to the gym every week or just sending you a text to check in on your savings plan, a friend can keep you motivated to make those milestones.

Celebrate Success. Big or small, accomplishing a goal is a big deal! Celebrate the small milestones along the way and recognize every achievement. You’re much more likely to continue your progress when you’re still feeling the happy memories from the last celebration.

If any of your New Year’s Resolutions this year involve finding a great new job, Anchor Point’s recruiters are here to help. Drop us a line, and we’ll be happy to help you start the new year off right!