According to a 2015 study published in US News, about 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. Often, the reason resolutions fail is that they're not realistic enough. 

To create long-term change, you need to be realistic about what you want and be willing to put in the effort to make it happen. Here are tips for setting realistic and achievable goals for next year:


Start Small

When it comes to resolutions, you need to consider what is manageable for your lifestyle. If you want to start doing something, like exercising, waking up at a certain time each day, or changing what you eat, start small. Try to set easy goals for the first week and work your way up to your end goal from there. 

Take a gradual approach to stop doing something too. Trying to quit something immediately is much harder on you. It's also harder to get back on track if you mess up with an all or nothing approach. Choose things that are the easiest to do that have the most impact.


Research Your Goals

Education is helpful when it comes to setting realistic goals and achieving them. When you know more, you can make smarter decisions to reach your goals. 

There are plenty of ways to research your goals and educate yourself. For example, the Confidant Health Learning Library has answers to hundreds of questions on many different topics. Check it out and make use of this knowledge to learn more and succeed. 

Our providers can also answer your questions, make great recommendations, and get you on the right track for the new year.


Make Your Resolutions Realistic

If your resolution sounds or feels impossible to you, then it might just be. Consider how you can progress in other ways to reach it,  making it a good future goal instead.  Set goals for yourself and then make resolutions that can help get you there. 

You might need to accomplish smaller or more attainable goals to get there first. Think realistically about what you want to achieve and what you believe is realistic. Your belief in yourself is important and dictates your success. You should say, “I can do this” when you set a goal. It might not sound easy, but it should sound possible to you.


Focus

Make sure the goals you set aren’t all over the place. Focus your intentions on a few significant things. Better yet, you can even narrow it down to one. Focusing on one specific goal is much easier than expecting yourself to accomplish a bunch of big ones. 

Once you feel like you’ve accomplished a resolution you set, you can choose a new one. It’s a great habit to keep in place, no matter what time of year. You don't have to wait for the new year to change your habits or behaviors.

Make the coming different by being realistic about your New Year's resolutions. Don't be afraid to start small, educate yourself, and focus on one goal at a time to be successful.