Every year, millions of Americans promise to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Most of us end up not sticking to it. Whether it be exercising, eating better, or spending less time on our mobile devices, many of us struggle with remaining consistent. I am going to provide you with three simple tips on how to stay motivated and complete your goals.
First, start with a small goal in mind. If you want to spend less time on Facebook, perhaps start reducing your screen time from five nights a week to three times a week. You will gain a sense of accomplishment once you begin making this a practice and continue to grow as you move along. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t successful with your goal in the first month or two. Take baby steps and continue moving forward!
Next, focus on one resolution at a time. You may have more than one resolution in mind as we enter 2023; however, according to research, it is better to focus on one resolution at a time. It is difficult for individuals to develop new behavior patterns. It is recommended that you choose one specific goal as your New Year’s resolution, as it will be easier to accomplish.
Finally, partner up with someone. I am a firm believer that two are better than one. If your New Year’s resolution is to begin exercising, then having a workout partner is a plus because it will hold you accountable. In addition, it will make exercising more fun if you’re already dreading it.
In summary, a New Year’s resolution can be easily attainable by remaining positive, sticking to a plan, and tracking your progress. Remember that changed behaviors don’t happen overnight but that they can be achieved. Whatever your New Year’s resolution is for 2023, I am confident that you will be successful!
Jasmin Grabowski has a passion for people and serving others. With a background in teaching, she provides her expertise on the Regional Team as a College Navigator for Workforce Solutions. She is a graduate of Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in German. She also obtained her Job Coach certification from University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment Program in 2019. Jasmin recently worked with Summer Earn and Learn Program 2019, initiated by the mayor of Houston to provide summer employment for youth. Her goal is to continue supporting her community by helping adults and students reach their fullest potential.