How to Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions
I always make my New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions and greatest ambition, only to find myself slacking off on them one month into the year.
I will tell myself that I have to read 10 classics this year, watch less TV and spend more quality time with my family.
But old habits, such as being glued to Netflix, die hard. And I find it increasingly difficult with age to keep to my New Year’s resolutions.
Since I am determined to stick with my resolutions in 2021, I did some research on what it takes to create the changes I want to see in myself, which I will share with you below.
If you’re like me and most other people, you rarely keep your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you have trouble with them because you make resolutions that are too ambitious.
Or maybe you give up because immediate progress is hard to see. Whatever your reason, it’s possible to make adjustments in your approach until you get what you want.
If you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you first have to learn to make the kind you can actually follow through on.
Make effective resolutions that support you and lead you toward the destiny you desire. Create unstoppable momentum by creating resolutions that lead to small, continuous victories.
Focus on what kinds of changes you really want to make in your life. Do you want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Go back to school? Write a novel?
There are all kinds of things you may want to do, both big and small. In order to get them done, you have to first get started.
Making Realistic Resolutions
If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Saying you want to write five books next year, lose 100 pounds, or get your 4-year degree are goals that are very worthwhile goals.
But they’re only attainable if you break them down into smaller actions you can accomplish in real life.
Write down the actions you must take to write those books, lose those pounds, or get that degree. What one small action can you take today to move closer to your goal?
Take that action, and write down actions you can take each day for the next ten days. When you do, you’ll create unstoppable momentum toward the success you deserve.
When you decide what really matters to you and break it down into small chunks that are easy to handle, you keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed.
If you still feel overwhelmed, break your resolution down further. The big dream at the finish line will motivate you and the small steps to get there will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
Remember to reward yourself at each small victory. Keep reminding yourself about why you’re doing the things you’re doing. That way, you’ll stay motivated and excited throughout the year to come.
Keep Your Resolutions Alive
Tracking your progress is vital to successfully keep your New Year’s resolutions. Pay close attention to your progress. Make an effort even when you want to throw in the towel.
The only way to fail at New Year’s resolutions is to give up. Notice what’s working and what needs to change in your approach, and then adapt your tactics until you get what you want.
Setbacks provide great feedback that helps you to get on track. Use your setbacks to set yourself up for an even bigger comeback. When you do that, you’ll get more accomplished than you expected to, even if you fall short of your goal.
Above all, decide what’s important to you and go after it with all your might. When you do, you’ll begin to experience the fulfilling life you deserve.
I Shall Keep My New Year’s Resolutions For 2021
After learning how to keep my New Year’s resolutions, I am now all fired up to stick with my New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Here are my New Year’s resolutions:
1. Read More And Write More
I used to read a lot. However, when I started working and then settled down with a kid, I stopped reading so much and started watching more TV. I started reading daily again at the start of 2021 and I am determined to keep it this way.
I also plan to blog more on my site as I find writing extremely therapeutic and relaxing.
2. Spend More Quality Time With My Family And ME
2020 was an extremely difficult year. Despite the negativity that came with 2020, we got to spend a lot more time with our close ones.
If there’s anything that I have learned from 2020 the hard way, it is that do not ever take anyone you love for granted. Also, do not ever take yourself for granted.
Spend more time with your family and yourself. Create more pockets of ME time for you and take care of your mental health. It’s equally important to spend time with yourself as well as your family.
3. Focus On My Health
I will eat and sleep better. I will continue with my daily walking fitness routine but I will also step up on my intensive exercise routines. I will cut down on caffeine, it’s not good for me and only makes me high strung.
When I was doing research on how to make changes I want to see in myself and stick with the changes, I came across a superb ebook that comes with companion worksheets that guides you on how to create a Happy New You.
I am now using the system taught in the ebook to help me create the changes I desire to see in myself. If you are interested in using my hacks for sticking with your New Year resolutions and creating a brand new Happy You, you can learn more about my system here.
Cheers To A Happy New You Who Keeps Your New Year’s Resolutions!