The kinds of goals you set—and how you find support for them—can make a big difference in your success.
It’s easy to keep promises we make to loved ones. This year, here’s help keeping the promises you’ve made to yourself:
Make a list. Write down the ways in which your resolution will benefit your everyday life, and post it where you’ll see it often.
Make a team. With many types of resolutions—losing weight, quitting smoking—your doctor or other diabetes healthcare provider can help you safely achieve your goal. Tell friends and family members about your goals. Also consider joining a diabetes support group.
Make a plan. Goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Simple goal: “I want to eat better.” SMART goal: “By the end of January, I want to be recording my daily food and beverage intake at least five days a week.”
Make a fuss. Applaud yourself when you succeed.
Make it right. When you slip up, forgive yourself and get right back on track.