Emotional and Mental
Making the Most of New Year's Resolutions
“I’m going to lose 20 pounds this winter.” “I’m going to stop smoking!”
Many people go through the annual tradition this time of year making “New Year’s resolutions.” It is a strange thing to think about the things you don’t like about yourself or your situation, and then set forth to try to change them. All in all, though, the idea behind making resolutions is really a good one! Recognizing areas for growth and doing something about them is both mature and healthy.
Make realistic resolutions: investigate what is achievable, what it will take, etc. then set a goal that you are relatively sure you will achieve.
Change “I will lose 100 lbs. in a month”… to “I will lose 10 lbs. by Feb. 15.”
Be specific: Describe the exact behavior that you are trying to achieve.
“I will say one nice thing every day to a co-worker I’ve had some issues with in the past, and smile each time I see her.”
Plan: Write down, step-by-step, what you will need to follow through on your resolution and when you will accomplish it.
“I will write a new resume by Jan. 20th and have hard copies printed by Jan. 30. I
will make a list of potential employers by Feb. 10.”
Plan, and follow through!
Own your goal: If you don’t believe in it, don’t do it. Don’t just make resolutions for something to do or to please someone else. Invest your time and energy in developing goals that you are excited about and proud of.
“I will save $2500 this year and start planning a trip to Italy next year.”
Reward your efforts: Give yourself credit for the progress you make, rather than being down on yourself for what you don’t accomplish. Build rewards into your plan.
“When I lose 10 pounds, I will treat myself to a manicure.”
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