The start of the year is a popular time for setting goals and dreaming big. While motivation is often at a peak when it comes to making New Year resolutions, there’s no arguing that following through and maintaining enthusiasm over the longer term is that much harder.
Over half (53.1%) of respondents to an ING Global poll revealed they have a financial resolution this year, yet just half of those who made a similar resolution last year managed to keep it.
Willpower waning? Here are 5 quick tips for making your resolutions last:
1. Choose your goal carefully
Sticking to your goal is easier if it’s something you really want so be clear on what you want to achieve and ensure it will deliver a reward worth striving for.
2. Break your goal into smaller steps
Big goals may seem overwhelming so consider breaking them down into smaller steps. For example, if you are aiming to save $6,000 by the end of the year, setting yourself a goal of $500 a month can feel more manageable.
3. Tell your friends
Get your friends on your side by sharing your goals with them. Knowing people will ask how you’re doing can help you feel accountable. Plus, some extra encouragement can always come in handy.
4. Imagine the reward
When the going gets tough, keep focused by imagining how you’ll feel when you reach your goal. Whether it’s travelling through Europe, driving your new car or enjoying your newly landscaped garden, keeping the reward in mind can help you stay motivated.
5. Review and renew
Track your progress at regular intervals, so you know you’re on the right path to achieving your goal. These little milestones all count, so enjoy the feeling of success, renew your motivation and keep on going.
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