Every year, many people make New Year’s resolutions hoping to spark positive change. The usual themes include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and personal/professional development. If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, you probably know how hard it is to actually stick to it. And you’re not alone in the struggle to achieve your goals: 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are already off track by the first week of February.

While it may be easy to stray from your goals, here’s some advice to help set your resolutions and keep you on track for a healthier 2020!

  1. Be specific.

If your resolution is vague and does not require you to have a clear goal in mind, it will be harder to achieve. Setting a well-defined path to a goal will help you keep track of your progress and see the growth you’ve made. For example, instead of saying “I want to save more money” say “I’m going to put away $100 per check.” That way you can see your money grow and track your progress toward your goal.

  1. Take Baby Steps.

If your resolution is a lofty one — say, hitting the gym five days a week when you’ve been a couch potato for the past 12 months — you may be setting yourself up for failure. A better and more achievable goal is to start small by aiming to work out twice a week in January, building up to three times a week in February and so on.

  1. Focus on one thing at a time.

Trying to accomplish multiple goals at once will quickly get overwhelming and only lead to failure. You have 365 days to meet your New Year’s resolution, there is no rush to do everything at once. Stick to one thing, master it, and move onto the next.

  1. Make yourself accountable.

Try using peer pressure positively and adopting an accountability partner. Simply share your goals with friends and family because chances are, some of them have similar goals. If you want to go to the gym after work, but don’t feel like it, you may be more motivated to go when you have somebody there waiting for you. Not only will a friend help you feel accountable for keeping your promise, but you’ll also have a great source of support!

  1. Lastly, celebrate your successes and cut yourself some slack.

Keeping up with your goals is hard, and it can be discouraging when you stray from your path. But what’s important is that you not quit. Persevere and even if you stumble, try to get back on track quickly.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves starting a new career, Hands From The Heart is a great place to work. We offer caregivers competitive salaries, as well as full benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, overtime pay, holiday pay, and a 401(K) benefit. For more information about working at Hands From The Heart, please call our HR department at 484-222-5191 or visit our website at www.handsfromtheheart.org.We wish you luck and success in the new year and beyond! God bless!