How to Make New Years Resolutions Stick

New Year’s Resolutions

It is December 26th and we have 6 more days left of 2017.  This year has been full of unexpected twists and turns.  This is not a political blog, so I will just leave it at that.  

New Year’s always brings a time of self reflection, we measure if we have accomplished what we set out to do or if we have fallen brutally short of our goals.   New Year’s is a time of renewal, the cold frigid air that kills the old life (our mistakes and heartaches) and gives birth to  new and fresh opportunities.   New Year’s is a time when we gladly bid farewell to the old year and eagerly anticipate the new one.  The New Year is full of promise and wonder!

Usually, New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first 30 days of the New Year.  But, what if you chose a New Year’s resolution that was full proof?  A resolution that will revolutionize the way you look at life and the way you approach it?   New Year’s resolutions, need to me SMART.

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  Many of us set goals or resolutions and we do not accomplish them.  For example, If I want to lose weight, I will set an unrealistic goal such as, I am going to lose 30 pounds in 2 days.  This is not a SMART choice.   

So, how can I make sure I achieve my New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. Write down what you are trying to accomplish.  Is this goal realistic?  For example if you want to become an opera singer and you can not sing.  I want to tell you, you may not be able to accomplish this goal.  However, if  you want to lose weight, this is an attainable goal.  Break up the weight loss goals in bite size accomplishments, make sure you set small goals so you will feel accomplished and keep going.   

  2. Is your time frame realistic?  How much time are you giving yourself to accomplish this goal?  As stated before if you are trying to lose 30 pounds in 2 days, this is impossible and you are setting yourself up for failure.  If you want to lose 30 pounds in 3-6 months, this is attainable.   You may be able to lose more weight within that time frame, however, setting an attainable goal and accomplishing it; will make you want to keep going.

  3. No how will you accomplish this goal? What actions will you take on a daily basis to help you meet this goal? A tip that will help you is, WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN ON PAPER.  If you see your goals on paper or a white board or a planner, you will see it all the time and you will remember what you need to action, to accomplish this goal.

  4. Now that you have decided what your goal is (Specific), decided how you will track your success (Measurable), decided the actions steps that are necessary to (Attain) it and decided if you can (Realistically) accomplish it, Now you need to take action and set a date to finish your goal.

  5. If you first don’t succeed try and try again.  Never ever ever give up.   If you keep plugging away at something, you will eventually become proficient.

I endeavor to keep plugging away at my goals for 2018  The first goal is to stop comparing myself to others.  I am unique and lovely all by myself and each person is uniquely her own person.  As I follow my path and stop looking at others along their path, I will grow in joy and passion, because; as I become more self reflective and aware of what I need to focus on, I will have all I need to accomplish my goals in 2018 and so will you.