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5 Steps to Make Resolutions That Will Stick

by Noemi Totos January 07, 2021

5 Steps to Make Resolutions That Will Stick

We’ve finally closed the door on 2020 and are starting out a fresh new year. We’re all aware that the past twelve months have been pretty hard, so many of us are determined to fill the twelve months ahead of us with as much happiness and positivity as possible. One way to achieve this is by making New Year’s resolutions. This tradition gives you a great opportunity to assess what you want to change in your life and to set new goals and habits that will help you to implement the change you want to see. Of course, not everyone manages to keep their resolutions. In fact, an astounding 80% of resolutions fail! So, what can you do to make sure that you fall into the 20% of people who do stick to their goals? Here are some steps that can give you the best chances of making lasting positive change!

1. Make Your Resolution Meaningful
Resolutions should be meaningful. They should focus on a change you genuinely want to make and that you or others will genuinely benefit from. Many resolutions fail because people pick something that society has told them they should change, but that isn’t particularly important to them. The most successful resolutions are those that you are passionate about and dedicated to. So, think of something you really want. It could be a common resolution - like getting fit and healthy - or something more obscure. What’s important is that it’s something you really want to succeed at.

2. Be Realistic

Whatever you want to achieve throughout this year, you need to make sure that it is realistic. Sure, you can have a big goal that may take hard work and perseverance to reach, but you need to make sure that it is achievable. Otherwise, you may push yourself too far, burn yourself out or become disheartened when you don’t see the results you anticipated. If your goal is to save money, you shouldn’t set yourself the target of being able to fully retire by the age of 30 (this is something that very very few people are ever capable of doing). Instead, you may want to aim to save $100 a month.

3. Be Specific
Another common reason that resolutions fail is that people make them too vague. By setting a specific goal, you get a much better idea of what you are aiming for and less scope to slack. Rather than making your resolution to “exercise more”, be more clear. Perhaps you can set yourself a goal of being able to run 5k by June. Maybe you could decide you want to be able to swim 10 lengths by March. You are much more likely to succeed when your goal posts are clear and you know what you’re aiming for.

4. Set Milestones

Often, resolutions can’t be achieved all in one go. Instead, you may find that you have to overcome a series of smaller challenges or smaller commitments to get to your end goal. If this is the case, setting milestones can prove extremely useful. Milestones allow you to break your goal into smaller challenges or steps, making everything easier to manage and achieve. If your goal is to take up a vegan diet, for example, you can make things easier for yourself by setting the milestone of cutting out meat by March, fish by June, dairy by September and eggs by December. This allows you to reach your end goal without having to dive in head first with an all or nothing approach that can be difficult to maintain.

5. Stay Positive
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is to stay positive. A positive mindset really can make the difference. Believe in yourself. Know that you can do anything you set your mind to. Remember that there is plenty of support out there, no matter what your goal is. You should also be kind to yourself. If you slip up, make a mistake or don’t hit a milestone, it’s not the end of the world. Just pick back up where you left off and carry on!

Setting new goals and making new resolutions is exciting, but seeing yourself achieve the goals is the most rewarding part of the process. Hopefully, some of the steps outlined above will help you to make resolutions that will stick and change your life for the better!

Noemi Totos
Noemi Totos


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