New Year's Resolutions That Work

New Year's Resolutions That Work

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to the next twelve months may bring about hopes of new beginnings, the potential to do better, and perhaps the resolve to tackle both new and existing aspirations. According to Forbes magazine, whether you call them resolutions, goals, or a to-do list, only 8% of people accomplish their annual goals. But whether you’ve decided to lose weight, stop smoking, or earn more money, there are several steps to take to achieve success.

Keep it Simple

Start with small, attainable goals for the entire year. Instead of creating a bucket list, choose two or three goals to accomplish.

Make it Tangible

Set goals that are tangible. Instead of planning to lose weight, prepare to lose a certain amount of weight within a specific period.

Make it Obvious

Keep track of your goals and progress in a format that you can see daily. Also, enlist your family or friends to assist with holding you accountable.

Believe You Can Do It

To achieve, you must believe. You have as much willpower as you think you have, essentially. Whatever you resolve to accomplish this year, you have accomplished much more in years past.

Prepare to Overcome Obstacles

One of the lessons learned from 2020 is to prepare for the unexpected. You may encounter barriers, temporary or long-term, that throw you off track at some point in the year. Or you may abandon one or more resolutions for one reason or another. In these instances, it is essential to be aware of your thoughts and feelings.

· Stay active and get enough rest.

· Eat well and drink sensibly.

· Keep in touch time with supportive, caring people.

· Find ways to relax at home or on a trip.

· Help others by volunteering your talent, time, or treasure.

· Do something that maximizes your talents.

· Accept who you are.

· Talk about your feelings with friends or family or mental health professional.

The truth is creating a list of goals won’t bring you any closer to achieving them. But creating realistic goals, establishing a plan, and monitoring your progress may lead to success. No matter the time of year, remember to take it day by day and take care of yourself.

Bruce Trimble, MA, APR, is the director of business development for The BridgeWay Hospital, a psychiatric facility for children, adolescents and adults in North Little Rock. An avid mental health advocate, Trimble was appointed by the governor of Arkansas to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council in 2015 and served as co-chair from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, he was instrumental in establishing the call center for the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Hotline.