Setting realistic goals can be a challenge. We live in a society where we set our goals so high that we set ourselves up to fail more often than not.
Most New Year’s Resolutions are health related; lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking and things of that nature. If one of the above is your New Year’s resolution then plan it out. If you want to lose weight, do not set a goal to lose 10 pounds a week start with 2 pounds.
If you want to start exercising or exercise more do not plan to exercise 7 days a week, you do not even have to choose the days just start with what you can handle even if it is one day a week and gradually increase it as the year progresses.
If your New Year’s resolution was to give up smoking or break another unhealthy habit get rid of all the things that remind you of the habit for example if you want to quit smoking get rid of the ashtrays, lights and of course, the cigarettes. There are plenty of quit smoking aids available and many public health offices will give you the nicotine patches free.
If you mess up – give yourself a break and try again and again if need be. Don’t put a time limit on your resolutions give yourself the entire year!