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How to Help People Stick to Their New Year’s Resolutions

November 8th, 2013

As you know, 2014 is right around the corner. The new year inspires people to change their ways. Resolutions are made and are often quickly broken. Despite men and women and their good intentions, it’s hard to break bad habits and replace them with healthier ones. That’s why it’s important to offer support and information to people trying to better their lives through resolutions.

Encourage, Persuade, and Help Others to Meet Their Goals

If you’re a life coach, a counselor, the owner of a gym, a financial adviser or even a college admissions director, you have the power to encourage, persuade, and help others. There are a number of different ways you can make sure they stay on top of the goals that they’ve set for themselves. One of the easiest is to provide education. You do this by being supportive and answering questions as they arise.

If people are well-informed, they’ll feel confident in their decision to change their lives. There will be no more broken or forgotten resolutions. There will be fewer disappointments and challenges. People will feel empowered and eager to try new things. In fact, their success rate will rise as their confidence is boosted.

Ways You Can Support People as They Make Resolutions

The American Psychological Association offers a list of ways that people can make their New Year’s resolutions stick. Psychologist, Lynn Bufka, PhD notes that taking small steps towards larger goals can increase success.

Here are a few of the ways that you can encourage men and women to stay on top of their newly set goals:

  • Offer an incentive for meeting a goal. A custom challenge coin makes the perfect reward item for a number of different reasons. First and foremost, it has a distinct look and feel. It resembles currency and medals which have value. Challenge coins also have a long, respectable history. A time-honored tradition is to give someone a memento for their hard work and dedication.
  • Provide physical, emotional, and intellectual support. Make sure that people have what they need to keep plugging away at their goals. This can be something as simple as a website URL that can be accessed and read for informational purposes. You could even set up a toll-free number specifically to address any questions that might come up throughout the resolution process.

The key to forming a new habit is sticking to it. Through the aforementioned tips listed above, you can offer people in your community the support they need going into the new year. Experts agree, that it takes anywhere from 20 to 40 days for a new habit to stick. Help the men and women in your city meet their goals by encouraging and educating them in 2014.