Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Right around now, cries of “new year, new me!” are starting to die off.⁠ Many of us use January as a starting point for forming new habits and letting go of old ones. However, after a week, it’s easy to let all of your New Year’s Resolutions slip out the window. ⁠Let 2021 be the year you crush all your goals – check out our tips below.

Change Your Thinking

First thing first, recognize that “New Year’s Resolutions” is just a fancy term for goals. You likely create and achieve little goals all year, things like, “I’ll have dinner on the table by 6:00” and “I’ll be at work 10 minutes early” are small, daily goals. New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be so big that they span the entire year, they should be goals that you know will be attainable with some effort. 

Make a Plan

Positive outcomes don’t just happen – everything requires a little hard work and dedication. Make a plan to tackle your New Year’s Resolutions by breaking them down into smaller goals. 

Let’s use the common goal of losing weight as an example. “Losing Weight” is a huge and somewhat vague goal. This is how we would recommend breaking it down: 

Why do you want to achieve this goal?

Generally speaking, the answer to this is usually to live a healthier and happier life. However, your goal might be fitness orientated, maybe your long-term goal is to climb Mount Everest! It’s important to establish why you want to achieve your goal so that you may set yourself a timeline. 

How would you like to achieve this goal? 

“Losing weight” is huge – there are hundreds of different ways to approach it. Breaking it down into smaller aforementioned mini goals is a great method to use when attempting to achieve your big New Year’s Resolution. You can make these goals as small as you’d like, but monthly, weekly, and daily are a good place to start. 

Examples: 

Monthly: Losing 5lbs by the end of the month. 

Weekly: Cooking healthy meals for at least five nights. 

Daily: Drinking enough water. 

Find an Accountability Method 

There are many different accountability methods. Many people find that having an accountability buddy works best. Having someone to check in with when you’re feeling low, or to celebrate with when things are going well, makes working towards a goal more fun! Another positive method of accountability is using rewards. When you successfully complete one of your mini-goals, give yourself a predetermined reward, like the newest book you’ve been looking to buy. This can be anything as long as it doesn’t interfere with your overall objective. 

After reading this article, hopefully, your New Year’s Resolutions aren’t as intimidating as they once were. If you have fallen behind already, there is no shame in starting over or picking up where you left off. Remember, a New Year’s Resolution is just a goal and it’s personal – the timeline is completely up to you!