New Year Resolutions are great… until they flop in the second week of the new year! It is no mystery that the key to achieving your personal goals is to set feasible ones and stay committed to them. How can you make sure your 2018 goals are well within reach yet challenging? According to ABC13.com, having manageable goals and a firm but flexible timeline will help keep your resolutions alive for 2018. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Start Small, Start Near
Perhaps you’ve been dying to see the Eiffel Tower glowing at night or have always wanted to trek along the Great Wall of China. International travel fantasies are fun to picture but hard to turn into reality with pricey plane fares and hotels rates.
If your New Year’s resolution is to travel the world, start by exploring sites close to home. Instead of trying to trot the entire globe, take a road trip to a nearby hotspot. You’ll be able to explore somewhere new and exciting without significantly impacting your schedule or wallet.
2. Bit By Bit
Learning a new language can be of great benefit to your personal and professional life but also requires a lot of time and dedication. If your New Year’s resolution is to learn a new language, try mastering basic conversational phrases.
Lifehacker suggests that people trying to learn a foreign language should set specific priorities and a timeline for their language goals, like knowing how to speak basic phrases at the end of a month. Online tools like Duolingo and Memrise can also keep language learners on track with their goals.
3. Timing is Everything
It’s hard not to watch a cooking show on TV and have dreams of becoming a world class chef. But with consumers spending more money at restaurants than they do at grocery stores, according to Bloomberg, fewer people are strengthening their cooking skills at home.
If your New Year’s resolution is to become a master home chef, try a new recipe once a week. Treat yourself to a new cookbook and then commit to trying out new recipes on a daily or weekly basis. You can also sign up for cooking classes at a community center to learn about food in a group setting.
4. Consistency + Commitment
The most popular New Year’s resolution in 2018 was staying fit and healthy according to Nielsen, and 2018 is almost certain to shape up the same way. If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, focus on small, impactful changes to your fitness routine.
Set realistic goals and commit to a regular fitness activity that you enjoy. Find a workout buddy to help motivate you and keep you on track and reward yourself when you hit milestone achievements.
5. But… Dream Big Anyway!
Who wouldn’t like to play piano as good as Billy Joel or the electric guitar as wild as Jimi Hendrix? If your New Year’s resolution is to become a pop or rock star, learn the basics of a new instrument, don’t forget that it still took these master musicians countless hours to perfect their craft.
Focusing on learning the basic skills of an instrument and setting specific goals will help keep your musical abilities on track. Many free instructional videos can be found on YouTube for musicians of all levels. If you prefer a group environment over self-teaching, consider seeking group lessons at a music store or through a private instructor in your area.
This post was originally published here on ABC13.com in December 2017. TheYoungProfessionalGroup.com takes no credit for the work of the author.