How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick Like Super Glue
"How do I make my New Year's resolutions stick?"
"What do I do to stick to my resolutions."
"I need to follow thru with my resolutions this year. Help me!"
"I'm guilty of not sticking to my new year's resolutions. How can I change this?"
It’s that time of year again.
It’s time to think about New Year's resolutions.
You may be asking yourself if it’s even worth it to make a resolution at all.
Even if you're less-than-thrilled with your follow-through in prior years, each new year brings amazing opportunities to challenge yourself in all kinds of ways.
Implement these five ideas to help you set up your resolutions so you'll be successful:
Select an area of your life that's at the forefront of your mind.
One of the keys to choosing your New Year's resolutions is selecting a goal that truly matters. Ideally, you can find something you want more than anything. This will help keep you dedicated.
What's really, really important to you?
Make it crystal clear.
The whole idea of making a New Year's resolution can seem over-simplified. You'll hear people say, "My New Year's resolution is to get in to shape" or "I want to work less."
What do statements like, "I want to spend more time with my family this coming year" really mean?
Here's how to be more specific:
What's your very specific resolution?
Make your resolution measurable.
For example, spending more time with your family may manifest as, "I plan to work 4 hours less per week in the coming year," or "I won't work on Saturdays, starting January 1st."
How will you measure your results?
Structure your resolution by achieving smaller steps. Consider cutting your overall goal into smaller, separate goals. Select the first mini-goal to accomplish in the process and designate it as your New Year's resolution for the first 3 months.
What are your mini-goals?
It might not be possible for you to accomplish everything you want in just one year. But you probably can be well on your way to your goal by the end of the year if your New Year's resolution is within reasonable standards.
What's your specific timetable?
When making a New Year's resolution, focus on what really matters to you. Be very specific and make your resolutions measurable. Use mini-goals and please be realistic.
Address your New Year’s resolution as a process rather than just a goal. You’re much more likely to succeed this way.
And, when you achieve one goal, you're more likely to set resolutions and accomplish them in the years that follow.