What NOT to do when making your New Year’s resolutions


New Year's resolution to lose weight

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The new year is nearly here and you all know what that means: It’s time to conjure up some New Year’s resolutions. But first, here are some things you should avoid to ensure you actually follow through with them.

One mistake people make when devising a resolution is over-quantifying. For example, let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year, and you finish the year 35 pounds lighter. That’s a very impressive feat, but the feeling of gratification that you should be feeling is dampened by the fact that you fell 15 pounds short of your goal.

Instead of adding a number to it, make your resolution to lose weight every month or every three months. This way, whether you are 1 pound lighter or 5 pounds lighter than you were the previous month, you can avoid feeling wrongly discouraged and keep yourself on a healthy path.

Also, make sure your resolution is within your own control. A resolution like getting a raise or a promotion by the end of the year does not rely solely on your work ethic; it also depends on factors like the company’s budget and available staffing positions. Instead, make a resolution to get noticed by your boss and your coworkers in a positive way.

Don’t make your resolution out to be a superlative task; it should be a declaration you make to set yourself on the right track for building a healthier and happier you for the New Year.