You can do it!
So, it's time to prepare for another new year—one full of hopes, dreams and promises of a new beginning. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution will be to complete at least one resolution, because in the past, you have found that within a few months, your enthusiasm wanes, and you find reasons to give up it up.
But rather than feel discouraged before you begin, you should prepare yourself and create a plan to successfully—and happily—complete your resolution.
Tips for Success
- Write down and make copies of your resolution
- Match up with an accountability partner to keep each other in check
- Develop a timeline or time-focused goals
- Reward yourself for your accomplishments, large and small
- Don't focus on only the big picture and allow for minor goals and victories
- Allow for some discouragement and cheating; it’s normal!
Now that you have recommendations for creating your plan, what will your resolution be? I suggest something that you have thought about throughout the years. This can be creative or mundane, but it should be personalized for you. My old college roommate had the most success with her resolutions, because they fit what she needed: cook one homemade (everything from scratch) meal a month, cut out fried foods, floss every evening. And she fulfilled her resolutions each year. Do what works for you.
Some of the top New Year resolutions we make include:
- Quitting bad habits
- Spending more time with our family
- Getting fit and healthy
- Saving more money
- Organizing our life
- Helping others
If you still need guidance, below are some materials that can help you make it work this year:
- This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
- Changeology: Five Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions by John C. Norcross
- Succeed: How We can Reach our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to comment below.
Photo credit: Emily Price
Stephanie F. is a volunteer from Ohio. She’s still contemplating her New Year resolutions.