Reach Your Goals this New Year

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? A statistic from 2012 shows that within the first week, 25% of resolutions are broken. That increases to 36% after the first month and reaches over 50% after 6 months. Come back tomorrow for a full report on 2012 Resolutions by Statistic Brain.

HR Strategies wants to help you stick to your New Years Resolutions in 2013! We searched the internet and found the following 7 tips from SparkPeople.com regarding weight loss. We think they can apply to any goal you’ve set. The Spark People tips are black, and we’ve added our comments in blue!

1. Always See Your Goals

Goals need attention. They need to be seen, heard and thought of often. So surround yourself with as many reminders as possible: on the refrigerator, computer, bathroom mirror and calendar. 
Set alerts and reminders on your phone and computer about goals you’ve set. Send yourself words of encouragement by titling events “You can do it!” or “2013 is your year!” and setting them to pop up frequently. Stay motivated! 

2. Start Small

Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in one week. But you can lose one. Just as a plant has to start as a tiny seedling, you have to start with small steps and expect small results, which add up to bigger results over time.For instance, if one of your goals is to organize your office, start by organizing one drawer a day. You could reach your goal to an organized workspace within a week or two! Starting small reduces stress and increases the likelihood of success for your resolution.

3. Come Out of Seclusion

Have you ever achieved anything of real value all by yourself, without the support of anyone else? Maybe, maybe not. Most people receive help, advice and ideas from others. Support, a sense of shared experience, encouragement, advice, and well-timed pep talks are all invaluable as you set off on your healthy lifestyle adventure, so get others to join in and support you in reaching your goals! Making a goal or resolution public can give you the motivation and support you might be lacking if you are trying to accomplish your goal on your own.

4. Focus on Everyday Habits

The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle are forged in the smallest of actions you take every day and every week. Healthy choices can become as natural as brushing your teeth or locking the front door. Build your habits, one action at a time. As the old saying goes, 30 days makes a habit (good or bad) so take your resolutions one step at a time. In the long run, you’ll have a heap of positive habits to fall back on. 

5. Never Stop Learning

A healthy lifestyle is a process—more of a journey than a destination. You can always learn more about nutrition, fitness, and even yourself that can help you be just a little bit better tomorrow. This goes for anything, if you’ve always wanted to take an art class, or learn how to tango—do it! Don’t let your lack of knowledge about a subject keep you from going out and doing it. The human brain acts like a muscle in that if you don’t use it, you could lose it! 

6. Have Fun!

Who says getting healthy has to be a chore? Think of it as an exciting adventure of self-discovery that will help you build a more meaningful life. Enjoy the ride and find ways to make it fun, whether you join a sports league, subscribe to a fun fitness magazine, or buy yourself some new workout clothes. Make the best of it! Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions become a hassle, make them fun! You chose them because you believed they were the right move for your life. Figure out new ways to make accomplishing them enjoyable, and everyone will be happier in the long run. 

7. Put it on Paper

Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts in a journal, writing helps to crystallize your ideas, expose your fears, and paint a picture of real life. As a starting point, write down your goals, big and small, and the steps you’ll take to make them reality. When you write them down, be specific! For example, say “Lose 10 pounds by March 31, 2013” rather than just “Lose weight.” Or “Workout at the gym on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour after work” rather than just “Exercise more.” Any goal you have needs to be specific and attainable, or you’ll just get discouraged.

Check back on your goals often, and adjust if you need to. Remember, you are working toward a better you. Bumps along the way are expected and not the end of the world. If you slip up one day, just keep going the next and you’ll end up attaining your goals!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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HR Strategies is a private human resource management firm created to enable small business owners to focus on their core competencies, rather than the tedium of running payroll, providing employee benefits, or the many other facets of human resource administration. We allow business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resource responsibilities.

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