How To Increase Your Chances Of Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

By LYM SocialJan 15, 2018

There is a good chance you’ve made a New Year’s resolution and you have been sticking with it… but inside you, there’s a voice wondering when your new year resolution will be given up. Keeping a New Year’s resolution is far more difficult than making it. Here are some of the best tips I have seen for actually sticking with a resolution and achieving the goals that are desired.

Choose The Right Goals For You

Before doing anything, you need to choose the right goals. If you pick a goal simply because everyone else is doing it, there is a good chance that goal is going to fizzle out once the trend for it dies. For the best results, it is pertinent to actually set goals that matter to you.

What Is Your Game Plan?

After setting your New Year’s resolution, sit down and conjure up ways to achieve your goal. Create a pathway to achieve your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight, your game plan should include both a diet and exercise routine.

Don’t Overdo It!

Some people set unrealistic goals and game plans that they’ll never be able to achieve. Who wouldn’t like to lose twenty or thirty pounds in a week? But if you were to be brutally honest with yourself, what are your real chances for success? If you’re serious about achieving your long-term goals, you need to set goals that are actually achievable. Choose goals that are meaningful and doable and SMART. Question is, are you setting yourself up for success or failure?

Focus On One Thing

Many people have a tendency to bite off more than they can chew. Dedicate your entire time and energy to achieving your primary resolution and move forward from there. Once you’ve met your first goal for the years, repeat the process to create a cycle of success for yourself. By focusing on a single task and achieving that task, you’ll eventually be able to improve your discipline and this will ultimately make future goals so much easier to accomplish.

Be Accountable

During your journey, there is a good chance that you’re going to experience road bumps. You may take a cheat day and feel guilty about it later. And in those moments, it is very easy to make excuses for your failures.  Being accountable is about being responsible. What exactly do we mean by being responsible? Point is not to focus on your failures or making excuses but using accountability as a way to pinpoint which are the areas you need to catch up on so that you remain on track to achieving your goals. That’s the kind of responsibility we are talking about.


It is pertinent to make sure you create measurable goals so you can easily track your progress. Tracking your progress allows you to see your results right away, in addition to keeping you on track.

Small Wins Boost Motivation

Small wins are achievable, easier to achieve and are visible, and you’ be motivated by your progress to keep going. Small wins add momentum towards bigger goals. Small goals should be incredibly simple and basic, such as losing three or four pounds during your first two weeks. If you’re trying to boost your mental prowess, you should make it a priority to read two books a month.

Seek Out Assistance And Support

Anything in life that is worth achieving is going to be matched with counter-effort. This is why you should not hesitate to ask for assistance. There is a good chance that you have a friend or family member that wants to achieve the same goal. Seek out assistance and support. With a friend by your side, your journey will be so much easier. You can also find support in other professionals.


Make Sure It Stays In Your Face

Make sure that your resolution is in your face at all times. Post it on your social media pages. Save it as the background on your computer. Print out copies of your resolution and stick it on your fridge.  While you’re at it, tell as many people as you want about your New Year’s resolution. If you keep your resolution a secret, it will be easier to give up and stop midway.  You’ll have a much more difficult time backing out when others know.

Reward Yourself At Appropriate Times

Rewards can be a way to give yourself encouragement to move forward to the next leg of your journey. There are plenty of ways to reward yourself without overdoing it. A useful reward is a running break. For example, taking half a day off to spend at the beach to recharge or head to the movies. This gives you a chance to recharge yourself to continue working on achieving your goal.

Setting A Timeline

New Year’s resolutions should not be lifelong goals. Instead, you should set goals that can be achieved within a short period of time. If you set goals that are too long, you’ll find yourself struggling with many New Year’s resolutions concurrently. Try losing three or four pounds a week. Set your weight loss goals and put a realistic time on it. The realistic timeline will give you a little more motivation to meet and achieve your goals.

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