4000 years ago, it’s believed ancient Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions. They made promises to the gods that they’d pay off their debts and return anything they borrowed to its rightful owner.
If they kept their word, good favor would come their way. But if they didn’t, they would fall out of grace with their gods. Talk about setting the wrong tone for the year…
Fast forward to 2023, and the tradition lives on. Although, the resolutions themselves are a bit different. Today, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are centered around healthier habits, saving money, self development and travel.
Although our goals have evolved, our eagerness to challenge ourselves each year has remained strong. Let’s take a look at why sometimes, we set ourselves up for failure. And how with the right plan in place, our resolutions can become reality.
Why many New Year’s resolutions fail
For many, the New Year’s resolutions we choose are unrealistic. Sometimes, they’re set without a solid plan in place. Ambitious goals require serious commitment, planning and resources to see them through. Without sustainable strategies in place, resolutions can quickly fizzle out and we find ourselves back where we started.
But with a little bit of planning and strategy, the goals that have eluded us year after year can finally be achieved.
How to make resolutions that stick
Ready to make this year your most rewarding yet? A few simple tactics and a clear plan of action can make your New Year’s resolutions more realistic. To set yourself up for success in 2024, consider the following:
- Set specific, achievable goals
- Break larger goals into manageable steps
- Focus on creating positive habits
- Be flexible, goals can shift throughout the year
- Celebrate your success and reward yourself!
As the new year approaches, Fetch is here to help you achieve your goals and live your best life in 2024. Here are a few of the ways we can help you crush your goals this year.
Turn every purchase into savings
Saving money is high on many people’s resolutions. Thankfully, there’s an app for that! Fetch can help you turn every receipt into your favorite free gift cards, including Visa cash cards. Use your cash cards however you’d like and boost your savings efforts throughout the year.
Eat healthier (while getting rewarded)
Let’s be real. Changing your eating habits can be tough. Fetch makes it a little easier by rewarding you for buying certain healthy, delicious brands and items at the store. Take a spin through your offers in the app. They change every day for endless earning opportunities that are good for your body and your points balance.
Budget better with Fetch
Fetch is more than just a receipt app. Did you know you can use it as a budgeting tool? Your Points Hub breaks down your total spending and spending by retailer throughout the year, giving you a quick glimpse at your purchasing habits. It’s a great way to set spending goals and monitor how you’re doing.
Launch Points Hub by tapping your points balance in the top right corner of the app.
Treat yourself to self care
It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of life. For many, more self care is at the top of their resolutions list. Fetch believes in treating yourself more often. It’s why so many of the rewards in the app help you do just that. Whether it’s a latte at Starbucks, a shopping spree at Sephora or delivery from your favorite restaurant…there’s a free gift card for that!
Go further with travel rewards
For many, ‘more travel’ sits atop their list of goals for the new year. While travel costs have soared in recent years, Fetch can help bring new adventures within reach. If wanderlust is on your mind in 2024, consider cashing in your Fetch points for a travel gift card from Delta, AirBnb, Uber and many more.
Give back with charitable donations
Making more charitable donations is a popular New Year’s resolution for many. The new year presents a new chance to give back, and Fetch can help. This year, consider using some of your points for charitable donations to dozens of organizations in the app. Find the complete list on your Rewards tab.
Building better habits starts now!
We’re kicking off the New Year with a point earning challenge for the Fetch Fam, rolling out more high-value offers to help users set a new points personal record in the app! Head to the Leaderboard on your Social tab to see your current PR.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, we’re here to help you live your best year yet. With Fetch in your pocket, rewarding moments are just a snap away. Good luck!
Chris Zimmerman is a copywriter here at Fetch. Before joining the #FetchFam, he penned web content, TV scripts and more for virtually every brand category you can think of.