5 Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

If you have a habit of setting resolutions at the beginning of the year (or any other time) and then abandoning them a few days later, now is your chance to prepare for, and to try something different. Imagine how the course of your life could change for the better if you followed through on your resolutions until you achieved your goals!

Change Your Thinking Patterns

It’s very possible to overcome your habit of giving up on New Year’s resolutions with a few basic tips. Above all else, avoid regarding your resolutions as something to aspire to which you will then forget about and give up on when they no longer seem pertinent or interesting. New Year’s resolutions can be extremely enriching and form the foundation for lasting self-improvement if you find a way to  implement AND maintain them throughout the year.

Here are some tips for implementing and maintaining your resolutions:

  1. Make a commitment. You must be willing to make a strong commitment to change in order for your resolutions to be successful. Believe that you can, and will, accomplish what you set out to do. If you give yourself unwavering support, then you’ll bolster that belief and achieve what you seek.
  • Choose New Year’s resolutions that you genuinely want to achieve. Make positive resolutions and focus on the positive aspects of achieving them.
  • Tell everyone you know about your resolutions. When everyone knows what you’re setting out to achieve, they can help hold you accountable.
  • Plan ahead rather than choosing your resolutions at the very last moment. The longer you spend planning and preparing for your resolution goals, the better the results will be.
  1. Have realistic expectations. Continued motivation is the key to achieving your goals. If you set the bar too high, then you also set yourself up for failure, which can be profoundly de-motivating for you.
  • Aim realistically, rather than too high. Give yourself a challenge, but not so much of a challenge that you set yourself up for inevitable failure.
  • If you plan on setting similar resolutions as last year, consider first and foremost why previous year’s resolutions have failed. If your resolutions didn’t work last time, then determine why in order to avoid a repeat performance.
  1. Write down your goals. When you put your resolutions into writing, you make them real. You put your commitment down on paper or in electronic form, like on your smartphone or tablet. Put your goals where you can see them every day, so you won’t forget what you’re setting out to achieve this year.
  1. Plan out your goals. Articulating what you intend to achieve this year is a big part of setting resolutions, but planning how to achieve them is a completely different story. Write down a plan for each resolution that you want to achieve rather than simply hoping for the best.
  1. Give your goals some flexibility. Not everything is going to work out exactly the way you planned, so be flexible in the goals that you set. Avoid allowing rigid resolutions to throw you off track if something doesn’t go quite how you planned it. Try to predict what challenges you may face, and create a contingency plan for those challenges just in case.

Bottom Line – Plan and Prepare to Succeed

You can keep your New Year’s resolutions if you do a little bit of planning and preparing ahead of time. Just like any goal setting process, the key is to be realistic about your goals and the challenges you may face in trying to achieve them. The more realistic and flexible you are, the more likely you’ll be to achieve your goals.