Every advertisement, social media post, and loved one may tell you that now is the perfect time to rebrand, refresh, or reset. How can we set goals for the new year that are realistic?

Make value-driven resolutions
Maintaining a resolution is a lot easier when it matches your priorities. Ask yourself: What is the most important thing in life? In what ways might your self-improvement activities contribute to those ideals?

Be specific with your goals
The issue with resolutions is that they are abstract. So be more specific in your goal-setting. For instance, if you want to do more volunteering, think about the day, time, place, length, and mode of transportation.

Break down your resolution into smaller goals
Major changes can often seem overwhelming and difficult. Breaking down your resolutions into easier tasks can help you stick to them.

Reward yourself
Difficult emotions or experiences are made more enjoyable if they’re rewarded. If you plan to read more, reward yourself with a latte when picking up a book. Or treat yourself to sushi after a yoga session.

Be prepared
Everybody makes mistakes but sees them as opportunities for growth rather than failure. To achieve your goals, keep in mind that persistence, not perfection, is the key.

Be specific with your goals, make a plan with minor checkpoints along the way, and don’t let failures stop you from continuing!