New Year's Resolutions....

Posted by Valley Financial Group &Billy Wolfe Jr.

Almost everyone makes a New Year's Resolution that they swear they'll stick to from the moment the clock strikes midnight on the first of January, but according to statisticbrain.com only 9.2% percent of Americans surveyed last year felt that they were successful with their resolution. From quitting smoking, spending time with family to hitting the gym and being smarter with your money, resolutions span a large spectrum of self and life improvement areas. However, the one thing that is held constant across all varieties of resolutions is the inconsistency in our completion of them. Its’ easy to put off our goals until the next day, week, month or even year once we begin to feel ourselves falling short of the goals we set. So the question is, how do we make sure that we can complete our goals this year, and if we slip up, how do we get back on the horse? Firstly, ambitious goals are awesome. If you believe that you can work hard enough to match your lofty expectations than its irrelevant what anyone else thinks. However most of us crash and burn with our lofty goals. So how do we improve our chances of reaching these goals?

1.       Strive for more manageable goals that build towards achieving your ultimate objective.

2.      Take it one day at a time! Not only will it make your resolution seem much more manageable, but also help you to get right back into it the next day if don’t follow through one day.

3.      Ask for Support. Put it out there.  Telling Friends and Family can be great motivation for success on those days when the temptation to slip up is the strongest.

4.      Seeing is believing. Writing down your goals and putting it somewhere you will see daily will be a reminder to work each day towards achieving your goals.

5.       Say your goals out loud every day.  It’s the first step to success.

We don’t want to be cliché, but why not!  At the end of the day, there are a million excuses to not do something and according to data from Nielsen analytics, 36% of people don’t even make it through January.  If you have fallen off your horse, it doesn’t mean you failed.  There are 365 days in a year and you don’t have to wait to 2018 to get started again.  Find one reason to stick with your goals this year, than you are well on your way to happy, healthy and successful year. Go Get It.