Are You Struggling to Keep Your New Year's Resolution? 1/22/2014 Every year, people carefully choose New Year’s resolutions and vow to stick to them. Many start stro https://www.argosy.edu/our-community/blog/are-you-struggling-to-keep-your-new-years-resolution

Are You Struggling to Keep Your New Year's Resolution?

Every year, people carefully choose New Year’s resolutions and vow to stick to them. Many start strong at the beginning of January, but some begin to falter toward the end of the month.

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Don't give up on keeping your New Year's Resolution this year. Stay strong with these tips and 2014 can be the year you follow through on your goals!

Start Small

You may think that making several goals at the beginning of the year is beneficial – if you don’t keep four or five, you may keep at least one or two. In reality, having two many goals can actually be overwhelming. If you’re struggling with trying to change too much at once, pick one or two major goals and stick with them.

Support

Talk about your goals with your friends, classmates, relatives or people on social media. Find support from those with common goals and common obstacles. These people can hold you accountable and check in on your progress, which can be powerful motivation. If your goal is related to your education at Argosy University, you can find support from your peers in the classroom, on Connections and on social media. Plus, your academic counselor, admissions representative or even student finance counselor can provide you with the information and encouragement you need to stay on track!

Set a Realistic Goal

Before you start, make sure your goal is realistic within your lifestyle. If you decide to go back to school or you’re just starting out, think about how this will affect your schedule and adjust it as necessary. Remember, achieving your goal will take time and dedication, and there’s no shame in starting with a series of smaller goals so that lead up to you achieving a larger end goal.

Write Your Goal Down

There’s something about putting a goal in writing that makes it seem more real. Using the education goal, determine how many classes you need to meet the goal of a degree. Keep a list of required classes, then cross them off as you complete them. When you keep track of everything, you can actually see (and celebrate) your progress!

These tips can help you stick to your goal until you make it a reality. Once you obtain one goal, move on to the next—there’s no need to wait to January to roll around again!

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