7 Ways To Keep Up Your Resolutions This Year

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Thinking up resolutions to set for the New Year is always an enjoyable challenge. The New Year offers us the chance to reflect on all of our accomplishments and misgivings from the year before, and look to our future plans and goals with newfound optimism and determination. Often times, however, what with the chaos of work, school, family, and other such obligations, we find ourselves burnt out on trying to stick to our resolutions by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. If you tend to find yourself in this situation every year, consider making one of this year’s resolutions to stick to your resolutions. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your goals this year.

1. Set specific goals.

Don’t resolve just to lose weight or to study every weeknight this New Year. Setting resolutions that are too vague makes giving up on them that much easier. When you set your resolutions, think of something more specific, like losing 10lbs by Valentine’s Day or saving up to buy a car or house by June. Setting specified goals like these will help you make a plan on how to go about achieving your goal in the time you have allotted.

2. Set new goals.

New Years is a time to set new goals for yourself, not simply repeat those that you have set before but never ended up accomplishing. If you do wish to set a resolution that you have tried before but have been unsuccessful at, take a moment to think about the reasons why you failed the last time and what you can do differently in order to be successful this time around.

3. Don’t overdo it.

When setting your resolutions, try to stick to only one or two goals. You can then take the time to sit down and make a plan on how to go about achieving these goals throughout the year. Most likely you are also currently working on achieving other goals, so be sure not to overload yourself with too many expectations. This will surely make you feel overwhelmed and burnt out, greatly improving your chances of giving up on one or all of your new goals.

4. Plan ahead.

In order to be successful at accomplishing your new resolution, you might want to get a head start before the New Year even arrives. Sit down and determine what your resolution or goal will be, and then write out different tasks or ways for you to go about achieving them. Making a timeline, preferably by week and then month, for accomplishing these various tasks in order to fulfill the whole goal can also help drastically improve your odds of being successful. You should also reflect on what challenges you may encounter along the way, and do all that you can to prepare yourself for such obstacles.

5. Baby steps first.

You should avoid putting yourself in a situation where you have way too much to take on at once. Subjecting yourself to immediate and drastic change in your lifestyle or daily routine is guaranteed to drain you of energy and focus almost as soon as you start. When you set out to accomplish your task (which will take time!), remember to begin by taking baby steps. For example, if your goal is to get a higher GPA, start by attending all of your classes and completing your assignments for each one, then as time goes on you can start making schedules for studying and tackling larger long term assignments as you go through the semester.

6. Don’t sweat the setbacks.

Remember that everyone that ever accomplished anything failed time and time again before they succeeded. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple Inc., the Wright brothers made several prototypes before they took flight, and Christopher Columbus blatantly failed in his attempt to find a new route to India and accidentally discovered the New World (some navigator huh?). You are bound to trip over a few stones along your journey, but don’t let it keep you down. Pick yourself up, reevaluate your situation, and begin again.

7. Get support from friends and family.

Everything is easier if you have a solid support group behind you. Ask your friends and family to support you while you start out to accomplish your resolutions. Have a friend go jogging with you or not smoke around you to help you quit smoking. Your family might drive you crazy at times, but they usually have your best intentions at heart and are always willing to lend you a hand. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them to help you keep up with your resolutions, or your other life goals for that matter. 

Benjamin Carnahan
I am originally from Cincinnati, OH and lived and studied in Chicago, IL for 8 years after college before coming to the Twin Cities. I studied Liberal Arts at Saint Xavier University and am a freelance writer for Goals.com. I enjoy art, literature, and the outdoors.