How Best to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

How Best to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Every new year, many of us create resolutions to better ourselves either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. However. most will fail to accomplish our pledge, 88% from some studies.  We all have good intentions, but  many of us quickly fail. The fix may not be easy, but the solutions are simple.

This year, make a resolution to stop the cycle of pledging to make positive  change and not following through. Resolve not only to have a much better year, but to actually keep your resolutions all year long. Here are my tips to help get you started.

Focus on what you really want. Let’s be honest here. If you don’t want to quit smoking, you are not going to quit smoking. If spending is more important to you than saving, you will never be able to get your financial house in order. Make your resolution not about what you think you should accomplish, make it what you really want to accomplish.

Limit your list. Sometimes, the issue with accomplishing our resolutions is that we make our list of resolutions too long, and they are very difficult to attain in tandem. It may not be the best idea to try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time. Overwhelming yourself is self defeating.

Set reasonable expectations. Your resolutions need to be worthy of of achieving, but able to be managed, executed, and completed within the next year. You may want to lose 200lbs, but it is neither reasonable nor healthy to attempt it within the span of a single year.

Educate yourself. If you want to lose weight, a common resolution, one must know how many calories they must reduce in their diet, or burn in exercise,  to lose one pound a week. If you want to quit smoking, discover the best, most effective methods.  You can’t do, if you don’t know.

Create monthly benchmark goals. Losing 100lbs may seem overwhelming, but losing 8.4lbs per month is completely doable, Smaller, monthly goals are easier to manage, and adjustments can be made if you are falling short.

Use affirmations. A positive mental attitude, supported by affirmations, can help achieve success in anything by reprogramming your thinking.  Wake up in the morning, go to the mirror, smile at yourself and say, “I see myself slender, fit, and trim.” If you want to quit smoking proclaim, “I am smoke free and craving free from nicotine.” Positive actions are supported by positive thinking.

Don’t make excuses. In order to be successful, you must take personal responsibility for your life. Never blame others for your situation: not your significant other, your kids, your company, the economy, or anything else. Obstacles to your success are challenges to be overcome or worked around. Nothing is stopping you.

Keep Doing. Winners know that failure only happens when one quits. You will make mistakes. You will fall short. Few people succeed on the first try. Never give up, never surrender. Persistence, the firm continuance in spite of difficulty or opposition, is key to all success.

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Derek H.
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All very true! I always hear of those crazy resolutions that no one can keep. “I’m working out everyday next year!” Unlikely. I liked your points; educate, no excuses and keep pushing through.

Timothy Alexander
Guest

Thank you! It does seem naive to make those kind of resolutions, doesn’t it?

Derek H.
Guest

100% – Happy 2016!

lem.com
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lem.com
I know that fulfilling our new year’s resolution is really difficult for us because along the way we may encounter some temptation that might lead us in breaking our own rule. Divert your attention to something productive. If you want to lose your weight and you are really craving for your favorite food like chocolate, Ice-cream and etc… Try to look for something that you can fix or innovate to occupy your mind. Reward yourself. If you were able to accomplish something like walking for 3km per day to burn calories to achieve your ideal figure, give yourself a reward… Read more »
mdbree17
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mdbree17

We should apply this every new year. Sometimes, even if we set up our goals and plans, there are just circumstances which will ruin it. So, we have to get back on track. FOCUS is the key.

stunayoshivongola B.
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stunayoshivongola B.

I should apply this on my new year’s resolution, one of my resolutions was to pay more attention during class and get my subjects grade up for the betterment of my future.

sweetpot81
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sweetpot81

Making any excuses will definitely ruin your New Year’s resolutions. So you must be determined on what you really want. Consider it as challenge to yourself and remind yourself your reasons why you’re doingit. Do one thing at a time so you can focus and be able to accomplish your resolution.

michelle camo
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michelle camo

I always make my resolution every year but I could say that U could only do it for at least a month or so and will forget about after. This article really help me a lot and hope that hopefully I will be able to do all my resolutions list succesfully.

hazelandrea
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hazelandrea

What I do is I post it somewhere I can always look at like maybe on the fridge door or make a little board beside my bed. I had been doing that since 2014 and I can say that it always reminds me of the goals I want to accomplish since I can’t possibly remember it throughout the year. That little reminder keeps me on track and it is effective!

fern2x2001
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fern2x2001
I personally don’t make new year’s resolutions. It is because if i realized something is wrong with my lifestyle, i immediately take actions about it. I don’t really wait for the new year to come to try and fix it. But new year’s resolution or not, it’s really hard to keep and maintain the “change” that you are doing that is not what you are used to. So thanks for some of the list because those are really helpful to remind me to stay focused on my goals and to really push through to achieve them. And not forget why… Read more »
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