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January 2024 Newsletter | New Year's Resolutions

Written by Jessica F

How to Make - and Keep - Your New Year's Resolution

As we enter a new year, it's natural to reflect on the past and consider how we can grow as individuals. This self-reflection is an important first step in choosing a New Year's resolution.

Regardless of what you choose as your resolution, make sure it’s a “SMART” goalone that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timelyto increase the odds that you will stick to it. Here’s what that means:

  • SpecificA specific goal is simple and strategic. It’s something you can easily conceptualize. For example, instead of saying you’ll eat healthier, be specific about how you can actually do that (e.g., cook breakfast daily or eat fish twice a week).
  • MeasurableA measurable goal is quantified. You’ll be able to see if you’re making progress as you go. For example, if you want to save $500 for your emergency fund or save for a down payment on a home, you’ll be able to track your savings and prove you’re making progress along the way.
  • AchievableAn achievable goal is realistic and attainable. If you’ve never worked out before, a daily workout goal won’t likely be feasible or sustainable in the long run. Alternatively, if you’re already taking walks, start with increasing their duration or frequency.
  • RelevantA relevant goal needs to make sense or be appropriate for you. You want your goal to matter, so reflect on the past year about what’s working in your life and what’s not. Timing is equally important, so ensure this is the right time for you to tackle the resolution.
  • TimelyA timely goal is accomplished within a specific time frame. You can adjust this period as needed and make new goals or deadlines after achieving the first one.

Remember that New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be health-related, so find what matters to you to help you live a better life in 2024. Check out the full Live Well, Work Well newsletter today to learn more!

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