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If your New Year’s resolutions from last year have gone unresolved, you’re not alone! Each New Year offers an opportunity to make and keep your new year’s goals. After you’ve packed up your Christmas decorations don’t let the pressure of last year’s failures creep into the New Year.

Check out these 5 ways to stay strong in the face of scrumptious cakes, overpriced shoes, and the urge to hit the snooze button instead of going to the gym.

  1. Make it something worthwhile. Don’t make it something you “should” want or what everyone else is doing. Make sure your goals are in line with your own values. Don’t make cheap resolutions. Take the time to really think about it and make it meaningful.
  2. Don’t try to be an over achiever. If you’re worrying about the number of resolutions you have then you’re doing it all wrong. Limit the amount of goals to a number you can handle. It’s better to have a smaller list of goals you’re more likely to keep than a long list of hopeless goals you’ll never achieve.
  3. Stay away from overly general goals. If you’re not specific as to how you’ll achieve these goals you’ll be more likely to ditch them. The less hazy you are on the specifics like how much money you’ll save a week or how to get to the end goal of $3000 a year the more likely you are to reach your goal.
  4. Don’t beat yourself up. Perfection is never going to be attainable.While there may be some mistakes along the way don’t let that deter you from continuing on. So if you fall off the wagon, jump back on!
  5. Get all of the support you can get. There is meaning behind the saying there is strength in numbers. If you have a group of friends or family members with a similar goal that can make a world of difference when it comes to reaching the end destination. Having someone there to listen to your worries and anxieties will help manage the stress.

I hope this helps you keep on track with your New Year’s goals. If your New Year’s resolution includes saving for a home or purchasing your first home don’t hesitate to reach out to me so I can help support you along the way.