The new year is finally here!

2019 is a new beginning with endless opportunities to learn, connect and grow. This is the year to gain that new skill, save more, eat better and get involved in your community!

Many of us go into the new year with a high level of enthusiasm. But unfortunately, most Americans lose the drive to improve their lives pretty quickly. A recent study found that by mid-February, about 80 percent of resolutions are broken.

We’re all likely guilty of setting a lofty goal, only to come up short a few weeks later and leave that goal behind.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Sticking to a New Year’s resolution is all about setting achievable goals and making small changes to get across the finish line.

Whether you’re trying to save more money, eat healthier or meet some new people this year, we’ve got a few helpful tips to keep your resolutions until you reach your goal!

  1. Write your goal down. Studies suggest that physically writing down your goals will make you more likely to achieve them. Write down a detailed goal and leave your written goal in a place where you will see it every day for extra motivation. 
  2. Make the plan. Now that you have a finish line, you need to draw the map that will get you there. Is your goal to lose those extra holiday pounds? Research the best dieting and exercise methods. Do you want to spend less this year? Find a budgeting tool online and start working through your expenses.
  3. Set small milestones. Sometimes your overall goal can seem a little daunting. You want to save some money, but you have a lot of responsibilities. You want to drink more water, but you’re stuck on that afternoon soda. Setting smaller milestones for yourself makes the process less stressful and more rewarding. Setting smaller goals to start can make working toward a larger goal that much easier. Chart your progress so you can see how much you’ve achieved and how close you are to your finish line.
  4. Be accountable. Going it alone makes keeping a resolution harder. Going it alone makes a lot of things harder, actually! Find a friend, co-worker or neighbor you’re comfortable talking to about your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Even better, find a class or community group that shares the same goal, so you have support and accountability.
  5. Keep going, even if you slip! The downfall of New Year’s resolutions is slipping up and giving up. Take for example someone who is trying to exercise more. They miss a few days of jogging around the neighborhood, get comfortable and give up on the goal. Don’t do that! If you slip and miss a workout, have a donut, spend a little too much or miss a club meeting, that’s OK. Don’t let that be an excuse to quit focusing on your goal.

It’s cliché, but this can be the year that you achieve what you want. You can get healthier, get more connected and more financially stable with discipline and help from your community!

Read more of Bridge to Wellbeing’s tips and tricks for a healthy and successful life.