12 Simple Tips To Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions Tips

Many people have a habit of making New Year’s Resolutions. However, did you know that New Year’s Resolutions are broken more than any other goal that people set?  

That is why today I will cover 12 simple tips to ensure you follow through with your New year’s Resolutions. 

Why Do We Make New Year’s Resolutions Anyway? 

Millions of people set New Year’s Resolutions around the world, but no one really knows how it started. Whatever the reason, there is something about starting off a new year fresh and full of possibilities that makes it feel like any New Year’s Resolution you set will be easy to achieve.  

By making a New Year’s Resolution you are saying that you believe in yourself and have hope that you can change and are able to achieve the goals you set for yourself.  

What Are Some Of The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions? 

Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are: 

12 Tips To Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

1. Choose a goal that is relevant to you 

One of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing a New Year’s resolution is picking a goal that doesn’t really make sense. Either it doesn’t fit in with their current lifestyle, or it isn’t that important to them, or it doesn’t align with their future vision for themselves.

2. Choose an achievable goal 

I strongly believe that any goal is achievable, but becoming a millionaire may not be a realistic goal to achieve in 12 months for some people. Choosing a goal that is within reach will help you stay motivated and prevent you from becoming discouraged.  

3. Make your goal specific 

Instead of making your resolution to exercise more, make your goal to “go for a walk four times a week.” This makes it easier to measure your progress. 

4. Make a vision board 

Creating a vision board with motivational pictures and quotes can be a great tool to use for the days that you feel unmotivated. Reminding you of the reason why you set your goal in the first place can help you to keep going when times get tough and help you to determine if your goal aligns with your vision for your future.  

New Year's Resolutions Vision Board
One of my vision boards I created for 2024

5. Create a plan 

Once you determine your goal, you will need a step-by-step plan for what you need to do in order to make that plan a reality.  

For example, if your goal is to “make more time for self-care”, what specific steps are you going to take to accomplish that? Are you going to add self-care steps to your morning routine? Your nighttime routine? The more details in your plan the better.  

6. Keep yourself accountable 

Many people find it helpful to have someone that will keep them accountable. Getting in touch with a friend who has also made a New Year’s Resolution, or joining a group of people that are trying to reach the same goal (example: a group of people that want to run a marathon before the end of the year) will help to keep you on track.  

7. Visualize your success 

Visualizing your goals is a great way to help keep you motivated. By picturing your desired outcome, you will attach feelings to your goal which will make it feel more attainable. 

8. Track your progress 

It can be difficult to know if you have succeeded in your resolution or not if you aren’t tracking your progress. Some things that could help you track your progress depending on what your resolution is are: 

  • A journal 
  • Posting to social media 
  • Apps on your phone 
  • A step counter 
  • A personal trainer 
  • A scale or measuring tape 

9. Celebrate small victories 

Celebrate small victories along your journey and reward yourself when you reach your goal or certain milestones. For example, if your goal is to go to the gym three times a week, you could give yourself a small reward every month that you have succeeded. These little wins will give you a sense of accomplishment and can give you the fuel you need to reach your final goal.  

10. Learn from your past mistakes 

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution before but didn’t follow through with it? Be honest with yourself and discover why that is. This self-examination can provide you with the clues you need to help you be successful this time. 

11. Be flexible 

You might need to pivot at some point and make adjustments to your resolution and that is okay. Remember that making changes doesn’t mean you failed.  

12. Strive for success, not perfection 

One of the biggest mistakes I used to make when it came to setting goals for myself was that I convinced myself that I had to be perfect or else I failed. If my goal was to eat healthier, the second I gave in and had a bite of ice cream that meant I was a failure and I would throw my entire goal out the window, convinced I could just try again next year. Sound familiar?  

But if I had just accepted that I made an unhealthy choice, but continued to try to make healthy choices after it, I would be a lot closer to success than if I quit and threw my entire goal out the window.  

For example, if your goal is to go to the gym three times a week and you have been doing great for 3 months and suddenly you get ill and aren’t able to go to the gym it doesn’t mean you have failed. When you feel better, continue to chase your goal. I would consider making it to the gym 3 times a week most of the time a success. 

Final Thoughts 

New Year’s Resolutions can feel daunting at times. Trying to keep up with something for an entire 12 months can seem impossible, but I promise you it’s not.  

By following these tips you can complete your New Year’s Resolutions successfully. 

Take care of yourself. 

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