new year's resolutionsIt’s a New Year, and for many that means New Year’s resolutions to stick to that ultimately end in failure. If this has happened to you in the past, you’re not alone. Several studies have shown that a third of all New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past January and over three quarters diminish soon after.

Why is that? Most experts say its because people take on resolutions that they aren’t really committed to. If you say you are going to lose fifteen pounds, think about why you really want to lose the weight. Don’t just say it because its something that you think you have to do; do it because its something that you want to do.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions:

  • Set realistic goals. The more extreme your goal is-the less likely you are to reach it.
  • Write your goal down. It has been proven that people who write their goals, wishes, and aspirations down are more successful at accomplishing them. In a study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program, graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later the same group was asked the same question. The results were impressive: The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined (source: Forbes).
  • Don’t let bumps in the road prevent you from achieving your goals. Things in life-both good and bad happen. That’s just the way it goes. Don’t let “life” get in the way of you doing something that makes you better or happier.
  • Lose the fear. It’s easy to scare yourself out of doing something new, but once you take that initial step forward, chances are you won’t regret it.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Whether it’s a lifestyle change or something as simple as staying more organized and stressing less, take it on with realistic expectations and you may you have your best year yet!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C.