5 Ways to Set and Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

5 Ways to Set and Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

Do you set new year’s resolutions? January is the perfect time to start fresh and decide what you achieve or change. It might be eating healthy, working out, taking up a new hobby, or learning something new. While new year’s resolutions can be fun to choose, they rarely stick.

If you want to stick to them this year, the number one most important thing to do is keep them realistic and attainable. You can’t just wish your resolutions into reality, it doesn’t work that way. Here are some tips for setting realistic resolutions that you will actually stick to.

Why Do New Year’s Resolutions Fail?

The reason most new year’s resolutions fail isn’t because people can’t achieve them, but because they don’t have a plan. When you treat resolutions like goals, then set a plan to achieve them, then you have a much higher chance of success.

1. Set SMART Goals

Treat your resolutions like goals by using the popular SMART method for creating goals you will stick to. This acronym was created in 1981 and is still used today. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.

You should be able to be specific and write details about the goal and how you will achieve it.
How can you track the progress of your resolution?
Set resolutions and goals that can be achieved within a set time frame.
Make sure the goal is something that is attainable to you.
Do you know how long your goal will take, and can you choose a completion date?

This means you want to set new years’ resolutions that are

  • specific and detailed
  • can be measured with the progress
  • are realistically achievable
  • relevant to the goals you have for your life
  • have a time when they should be completed

2. Have a Plan of Attack

Once you have made sure your resolutions fit all the SMART categories, you can then create a plan to work toward those goals and accomplish them before the year is over.

For a realistic new year’s resolution, you want to start big, but then break it down into actionable steps. Many people want to lose weight or get fit as their resolution, which is a great goal, but it is too broad and often too grand of a goal.

If my resolution was to write an epic Science Fiction book with 500,000 words in one year, that is too big to start. I would need to break it down by month (41,666 words per month) and then break it down further into weeks (9615 words per week) or days (1369 words per day). When you break your goals down into mini actions, you complete on a daily or weekly basis throughout the year; it becomes much easier to achieve.

For every resolution, ensure they are realistic and attainable and be specific about what it is and how you can get it done. This is where you take the time to write out exactly what you need to do and when in order to achieve your resolution. It is where you discover resolutions are simply goals.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

3. Understand WHY You Want Each Resolution

Have you ever made a list of things you want to do or achieve, but didn’t really feel excited when writing about it? This is a good sign that you have the wrong intention behind it. You probably thought it was just something you were supposed to do, or you were following along with your friends. If you don’t feel excited in the beginning, you will never gain enough momentum to see it through.

4. Pick 3 to 5 Resolutions

It’s easy to have a list of 10 or more new years’ resolutions, but can you really focus on that many things at one time? The best thing to do is keep your list short, preferably with no more than 3-5 goals for the year.

Choose a few small goals and create a step-by-step plan for each one.

5. Start With One Resolution at a Time

Try to stick to just one goal at a time, spreading them out the best you can. Similar to not having too many resolutions for one year, you also don’t want too many new things to focus on at one time. This is really just setting yourself up for failure. So decide which you can start with, and try not to begin the next goal until the one previous has been completed or is at least on the right track.

Final Thoughts

In this post, we discussed 5 steps you can use to achieve your new year’s resolutions. Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time

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