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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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Creating a New Year’s resolution can be a refreshing way to start a fresh chapter in your life. However, maintaining the enthusiasm and commitment to follow these resolutions can be challenging. Here are some effective strategies to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions:


  1. Set Realistic Goals. The key to successful resolutions is setting achievable and realistic goals. Instead of aiming for the stars, focus on small, manageable changes that can lead to significant improvements over time. Let’s say you want to lose weight. Setting up a goal of one pound a month might be more realistic for your lifestyle than one pound a week.


  1. Write Them Down. Keep your list visible, like in your daily planner, notes on your phone, or post-it notes around the house to serve as a daily reminder of your commitments. Perhaps you want to start your workday 30 minutes earlier to have more quality time with your children. Write down the why and post pictures of your kids near the goal.


  1. Create a Plan of Action. Break down your resolutions into smaller, actionable steps. A clear roadmap to achieving your goals can significantly increase your chances of success. If your goal is to quit smoking, maybe it’s time to speak to your physician about nicotine replacement therapies or other suggestions to kick the habit. Or go for a walk every time you crave a cigarette. Just as a reminder, all insurance carriers offer tobacco cessation programs, from online to one-on-one counseling.


  1. Track Your Progress. Keeping a record of your progress can be a powerful motivator. Whether it’s a simple checklist or a detailed journal, seeing how far you’ve come can encourage you to keep going. If you want to drink 64 ounces of water daily, buying a 32-ounce container and having it with you will always be an excellent reminder to keep drinking. Replacing water with soda, juices, or alcohol is also a good goal.


  1. Be Patient and Forgive. It’s natural to encounter setbacks. Instead of getting discouraged, be patient and view these challenges as learning opportunities.


  1. Seek Support. Share your goals with friends or family who can offer encouragement and hold you accountable. Some insurance plans provide a health coach, while others will give you discounts for group support for weight loss. Check out its support programs if your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  2. Celebrate Milestones. Recognize and celebrate your achievements. This can boost your morale and keep you motivated.
  3. Adjust as Needed. Be flexible and willing to adjust your goals as circumstances change. The key is to maintain the spirit of your resolution, even if the specifics evolve.


For additional ideas, check out our blog, Wishing you Wellness in 2023. All ideas still apply this year.

In line with the theme of making positive changes, one resolution you might consider is reviewing your insurance needs. Contact us for a free and informative insurance quote. This is an excellent way to start. This proactive step can ensure that you’re adequately protected for the year ahead and beyond. It’s not just about fulfilling a resolution; it’s about making a wise decision for your future.

In conclusion, while making New Year’s resolutions is a common tradition, the actual accomplishment lies in sticking to them. By setting realistic goals, planning, tracking progress, and being adaptable, you can maintain your resolve and achieve your objectives. Don’t forget to consider the practical resolution of securing your future with a comprehensive insurance review with us at our Akron or Wadsworth location. It’s a decision that can offer peace of mind throughout the year.