The new year brings new challenges. It’s a clean slate which can be scary. It’s a time to start fresh and re-energize yourself to accomplish the goals that you have been working towards. Like everyone else, I’ve been working on becoming a healthier me. It’s not the easiest road starting out, but the longer you work at it, the easier it gets. I have put together some simple steps that will help you make this year better than ever.
Seven steps to help achieve your New Year’s resolution
- Set attainable goals. As much as I would like to lose 10 pounds in the next week, I know it’s not realistic. Losing 10 pounds in the next few months is completely realistic and achievable.
- Make it something you really want. If you make a goal that is something you only kind of want, then it’s not going to happen. Set a goal that you can’t wait to reach.
- Make a plan. How are you going to achieve your goals? Write it out on paper and stick it somewhere that is visible.
- Make mini-goals. Instead of making a goal for the whole year, why not make a goal to achieve by the end of the day? week? month?
- Talk about it. Tell other people your goal. Let them know what you’re doing to achieve it. By talking about your goal, you are setting yourself up with a great support system and some cheerleaders that will help push you towards your goal.
- Don’t beat yourself up. New Year’s resolutions aren’t easy, so if you slip up don’t make it a big deal. Do the best you can, take one day at a time.
- Set a time line. I personally think a year is too long to set one goal. The only way to achieve this is to set many different goals. If you’re goal is to lose 50 pounds this year, you would need to break it down into many small goals. For example: month 1 would be changing diet, month 2 would be adding workouts into your routine, etc.
Now you and I have no excuses not to crush our New Year’s Resolution. What steps do you take to make sure you achieve your New Year’s Resolution?
I like #1. I feel like sometimes I set my expectations way too high. I think if I set more realistic goals, I would actually complete more of them 🙂
I don't make New Year Resolutions because I have no idea what resolution I would want to make. You have made some great tips on how to keep them if I ever decide to make a resolution.
Wendy Bottrell says
I have developed a Theme for this year will strategies to achieve all that I set out. I am not one to set goals per say however I do like how you have laid out the idea. Especially "don't beat yourself up" very good advice. Thanks, Wendy
Six Feet Under Blog says
Great tips and I hope I can keep all my resolutions this time!
Amanda Ripsam says
slowly rather then rushing to achieve goals seeslowly rather then rushing to achieve goals seem to help me reach my goals better. m to help me reach my goals better.
I like setting attainable goals. that way, I cam=n reach my goal and go on to a bigger goal
I like the way you set up steps to achieve your resolutions. It's so much better than going into it with no plan.
These are great tips to help you succeed any resolution! I especially like the making the mini attainable goals along the way to help you reach the bigger goal.
Unfortunately, my goals are off to a bad start! I got a gym membership and was so excited about going but there's a bad flu going around so I haven't been yet. Hopefully some of your tips can help me get my motivation back.
Thanks for great ideas! I'm really bad at keeping resolutions 😀 I really like the mini goals idea.
Joanna Sormunen says
Thank you, this is a great advice for achieving any goals, not just New Year's Resolutions.
Those earbuds that don't hurt make a big difference, don't they? Music is motivating for fitness, for sure!
Lady LIlith says
Nice tips. I like how you mentioned the min steps. It is so true if you go one step at a time, you are more likely to succeed.
Sarah Bailey says
Number 1 is so important – I think sometimes we want to make things just so impossible that we never are able to keep our resolutions. x
These are great! I love when things are broken down into steps like this, thank you!
Ashley Gill says
I always set goals and don't keep them because I dont have plan. these are some great tips! Awesome!
I am just mainly trying to go with the flow this year-I do have a couple of things I would like to accomplish and am slowly working towards those goals. Wireless earbuds for music? Sounds like a great gift for my Mom!
Chubskulit Rose says
I read this tips the other day from other blog maybe? I agree, setting out attainable goals is a must and a timeline also is a huge factor.
teresa mccluskey says
I have set a list of short goal out! I plan on completing by 2015
Aisha Kristine Chong says
I totally agree on a lot of those tips here, especially on making attainable goals and settling mini ones to achieve that goal. Very realistic and just practical.
Music while working out and cleaning is great for me. It helps make the time pass fast. One of my rules is to have pre-new years resolution. Too many people start something on January and give up soon after. So I decide to start something around october-novemeber and by the time January hits, I'm still doing it.
My oldest son was just talking about these the other day, he has gift cards to Best Buy and these are one of the things on his list. He has gym at school and likes to listen to music.
kay adeola says
Thanks for the tips i am never very good at sticking to new years resolutions so this year i did ones i knew i can stick to.
A year is a long time for a goal, with a few exceptions. I like to break mine down into smaller chunks too.
Great tips! I think the best is making mini-goals. That way, it's less overwhelming trying to achieve a major goal.
wonderful tips and great advice to follow to not only to keep your resolution but to obtain any goal