“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl Bard

It’s officially that time of year. Time to save money, eat better, quit smoking, join the gym, etc. It’s New Year’s Resolution time. Why is it that practically all of us struggle with our resolutions – most of them broken within a month, sometimes a day (or admittedly an hour)? This week, the team at Dave Sinclair Lincoln is going to give you some 2018 resolution ideas and tips on how not to break them.

Let’s start with the resolution ideas. I’ve jotted down a few of our favorites below:

  • Practice gratitude – start taking the time to notice and reflect on everything you have to be thankful for
  • Get more sleep – Aim for 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night to reduce risk for disease
  • Go for a walk – aim for 30 minutes of walking 5 times a week (it’s free and doesn’t require special equipment)
  • Spend less money – start small by setting a weekly savings goal
  • Unplug and unwind – put technology away and connect with yourself and loved ones
  • Drink more water – drinking water helps you lose weight and flushes out body toxins (aim for 64 ounces a day)
  • Eat breakfast – whether or not you’re trying to lose weight, it’s proven that you have to start with the most important meal of the day
  • Volunteer more – spend time or money improving your community
  • Try something new – find a new hobby you’d like to try (ie. yoga, baking, DIY, sky diving, sewing, photography)
  • Don’t skip meals – skipping meals typically results with you eating more than you intended

Now the tricky part – how to keep them. The problem with most of our resolutions is that they’re too broad. When you aren’t specific with the details around your resolution it becomes too easy to make excuses and give in to temptation. In order to avoid this faux pas with your 2018 resolution, consider the following 4 tips:

  1. Write it down – Writing down your goals is the first step towards making them happen. It’s about clearing your head, identifying what you want, and setting your intent.
  2. Be specific – The way you describe your resolutions is going to make a big difference in how successful you are at achieving them. You can only get to where you are going by precisely defining where you want to end up. Your resolution needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and have a deadline.
  3. Celebrate little victories – Build in reminders to keep yourself on track. Making sure to celebrate little victories each day/week/month will help you stay motivated throughout the whole year.
  4. Accountability – Get someone to join you or post your progress on social media. Either way, if other people are measuring your achievements or failures, you’re more likely to push to succeed.

I hoped our tips helped, and we look forward to hearing about your progress this year. Feel free to comment on our post with your New Year’s Resolution so we can help hold you accountable in 2018! 

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