Every year people feel as if they need to create some resolution to make their lives more satisfying, to transform into a better individual, or to become a healthier person. Some of the mistakes that people make in developing their resolutions involve unobtainable goals or at least goals that require too much effort for which they are obviously not equipped to pursue. As you realize your New Year resolutions make sure to follow these key points that will help you make reasonable objectives that can be achieved-

  1. Know your limits- Self-evaluation is an essential part of becoming better, and it is no different for your New Year resolutions. If you never exercise and are one hundred pounds overweight, then your decision should not be to lose fifty pounds by Valentine’s Day. That is an objective that is doomed to fail. You can, however, plan to lose twenty pounds by then and be successful.
  2. Know your context- If your resolutions involve doing something you have never done before, then you may need professional help. Don’t try to conquer your resolutions by yourself, because when you see yourself not accomplishing them or doing them wrong the most likely scenario is that you will give up.
  3. Know your potential- When thinking of what to accomplish in 2018 make sure that you focus at least one resolution on your capacity and talents. Take something that you may have experience with and develop those skills further. Find something that you can excel at and will bring you success. This strategy will not only be fruitful but motivate you as well for your other resolutions.
  4. Know others- Sometimes the idea of New Year’s resolutions can become too self-focused. If someone is entirely focused on their own good, then not only is this somewhat narcissistic but it leaves you climbing your mountain alone. Helping others is an excellent goal to have for a New Year’s resolution. Knowing others can also be beneficial to succeeding in your personal goals by offering to help someone else with their goals, and in turn, they can assist you with yours. Many churches hold support groups for dealing with negative life issues. You don’t have to be a religious person to check one out and having a group of people around you to walk you through your healing may be more beneficial than you think.