With 2013 quickly coming to a close, many people are getting ready to make a New Year’s resolution that will undoubtedly drop from their memory like the 2014 ball in Times Square.
Fact: A staggering 88% of people who make a resolution this year will ultimately fail, and I don’t want that to happen to you (or me!).
That’s why I came up with this quick guide of helpful tips – so you’ll be able keep that promise to yourself, to others, and to your waistline.
Without further ado, here are 3 Ways To Make a New Year’s Resolution and Keep It:
1. Get a friend involved
Throughout history there’s been case after case of the human spirit becoming steadfast when someone else is there to help them along.
Abbott and Costello, Bob Probert and Joey Kocur, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker – these couples all follow a simple trend: individually they lack luster, but together they become a force the likes of which this world has never seen.
Letting a friend or co-worker in on your resolution is a great way to not only remind yourself that you indeed made one, but also to get motivation to follow it through.
Whether it’s having them there to remind you of your resolution as you’re about to order a hamburger and fries at lunch or caution you that maybe now is not the time to spend $5,000 on that new 4k Ultra HDTV – your friend can help you see your resolutions through to the end.
2. Make realistic resolutions
One of the main reasons why resolutions fail is because sometimes people get a little too cray-cray with them.
Wanting to lose weight is a perfect resolution to keep in mind; wanting to drop 50 pounds and develop a six pack in one month is a gift-wrapped failure waiting to happen.
Keep your goals realistic; if you do want those chiseled abs, hire a trainer and give yourself the whole year (or two) to get there.
Or maybe your resolution is to be more useful to the people around you; take it day by day and reap the karmic rewards that come your way all year long.
The whole point of a New Year’s resolution is that you have all year to do so. Don’t be disappointed if you have to stretch your progress into November, as long as you plan on seeing it through to the end.
3. Make resolutions that will be most impactful in your life
Don’t start hitting the gym just because your friends and family made it their goal to lose weight.
Here’s a helpful tip if you can’t think of a resolution: Take 5-10 minutes one day and just sit and think on last year. What were your bad days like? Some events you have no control over, but for the ones that you could affect, what were some things you could have done differently?
Isolating these negative situations could create an overarching picture of something you need to address. If you make a resolution that will greatly impact your life, I guarantee you will have a sense of fulfillment that will make your toes tingle, your grin widen, and your boss give you a raise (maybe).
Here’s To 2014
The LaFontaine Automotive Group succeeds as a business because the LaFontaine’s don’t view themselves as a business; rather, they see themselves as a family.
Every vehicle you purchase, every oil change you get done, is like a gift from uncle to nephew, from grandmother to granddaughter.
So on behalf of the LaFontaine family and all of Team LaFontaine, I wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.
What are some ways you went about making your new years resolution, and how do you plan on keeping it? Let me know in the comments below.