Tips for Making Your Resolutions Stick
The New Year is coming for you and your credit union members, and along with it, plenty of resolve. New Year's Resolutions may start out strong. However, in March, things will change. Your gym will begin to resemble an abandoned mining town from the 1800s. Once full of life and promise, people leave and go back to their lives on the couch. Keeping New Year's Resolutions is hard, but it can be done. Follow our tips below for motivation in keeping those resolutions. Your gym may empty out, but you will still be there. At that point, consider yourself the new sheriff in town.
3 Tips for Making New Year's Resolutions Stick
1. Make it Measurable. Your resolution needs to have some measurement quality attached. Otherwise, how will you know if progress has been made? Measuring your resolution allows you to track progress, and also gives you a certain feel-good factor when you see progress being made. It is one of the greatest forms of motivation. Also, consider it to be a road map of sorts. How will you know where you are going if you don't have a destination? Write your resolution down and make it measurable – ours is to help your credit union growth.
2. Be Realistic. Being inspired is great, being careless is not. Make sure your resolution is manageable so you don't lose steam halfway through the year. For instance, if you have never hit the gym (or it has been, say, 10 years or so), making a resolution to work out vigorously for two hours a day, five days a week is not manageable. Yet, having smaller goals such as starting with 10 minutes of cardio three days a week, followed by 20 minutes of physical activity is more realistic. It will also keep you from losing steam or throwing out your back at the gym. As time increases so can your resolutions and management requirements. Just make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew in the beginning. For 30+ years Oak Tree’s dreams have become reality and look forward to 30 more.
3. Divide Your Goal. This happens to be a great way to make your resolution manageable too. Let's say that you want to be able to run 10 miles in one stretch by the end of the year. That can seem pretty scary. However, if you simply start by jogging 1/2 mile, you can easily work towards your 10 mile goal. Maybe stay at half a mile for one month, then bump up to a mile, then 2 miles, 2 1/2, then four, etc. You get the picture. Achieving your goal is easier when you divide it into "bite size" chunks. You will hit ten miles in no time at that rate!
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