CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. – Every year we sit down, pen in hand, and set ourselves a goal for the New Year that we hope will persevere through the chilly months ahead.
With a bit of careful planning, anyone can give a one-two punch, figuratively of course, to the obstacles standing in between them and their goals.
Here are five tips toward making your New Year's Resolution stick:
1. Be realistic: If your resolution is a hefty undertaking, say losing thirty pounds in two weeks, re-assess and give yourself ample time to reach that goal.
Break down the objective into segments. Turn them into weekly targets and mark them on your calendar. If you reach your goal by the end of two months instead of two weeks, the end result will be just as satisfying, and you will have weekly confidence boosts as you watch your objective steadily come to fruition.
2. Plan using your strengths: Think of how you have succeeded in the past with projects and goals. Have you succeeded more often when you plan out every step in detail before starting? Or do you work better when you throw yourself right into the creative process and adapt as you go?
Reflect on what has worked well for you in the past and then adjust your plan to accommodate.
3. Try something new: If you have assigned yourself the same resolution yearly and have been unsuccessful, then try something different.
There are so many ways to improve your life and the lives of others. If you're in a rut with the same-old goal that just can't seem to be reached, go for a new one this year. Meeting one goal successfully will give you the drive you need to re-visit others.
4. Resolve toward the positive instead of the negative: Instead of deciding to eat less Oreos in the New Year, decide to eat more of something healthier (like apples and peanut butter) when you're hungering for a quick snack.
Having a positive resolution will make it easier to focus on your goal, and it will make the process feel more affirmative. You are allowing yourself something, as opposed to restraining yourself from another.
5. Be very specific: Knowing what you want is half of getting it!
General resolutions like ‘losing weight,' ‘being friendlier,' or ‘being more productive,' tend to be far less successful than specific resolutions like ‘losing five pounds every two weeks from January through May,' ‘smiling at and inquiring into the well-being of at least four people every day,' or ‘building three bird-houses by June.'
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
PUTNAM STATION, N.Y. – Two people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies, after authorities say an infected bobcat attacked a woman. Cindy Bowman, 49, was attached at the door ofMore >>
Two people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies, after authorities say an infected bobcat attacked a woman.More >>
TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police have confirmed that a female student of Lansingburgh High School was called over to a car Wednesday morning by an unknown male. Police say, a white male in a dark colored sedan,More >>
Troy Police have confirmed that a female student of Lansingburgh High School was called over to a car Wednesday morning by an unknown male.More >>
TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police and Fire Crews are on an active scene on 112th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. According to police, there appears to be a one car accident. They believe an older male driverMore >>
Troy Police responded to a fatal car accident on Wednesday evening. More >>
ROTTERDAMN, N.Y. -- The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community. The town voted more than a month ago to open up the bidding process in an effortMore >>
The Rotterdam Town Board is expected to select an emergency services provider to serve the community.More >>
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A former rape suspect whose charges were dropped because of a paperwork mistake is due in court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at John Halacy'sMore >>
A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake appeared in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning only to be arrested on an Albany County warrant for a felony Burglary charge in Colonie.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Over a month after the casino referendum passed in New York, a full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region. On Wednesday, community members and local business ownersMore >>
A full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region after New York voters approved the measure in November, and many want to expand a current casino rather than build a new one.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss. Associate Professor T.H. Reynolds, PhD and his formerMore >>
Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss.More >>
GLENMONT, N.Y. - A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft. Heng Li, 27, was sentenced to two and a third to seven years in State Prison for using a credit card skimmerMore >>
A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft.More >>
By DOUG FEINBERGAP Basketball Writer The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals. TheMore >>
The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals.More >>
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name of a person with a suspended license during a traffic stop. New York State Police say they initiated a traffic stopMore >>
A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name during a traffic stop to avoid arrest, but the name she gave still led to her arrest.More >>