How To Pick Realistic New Year’s Resolutions Plus Tips To Achieve Them

On January 1st, resolutions for the New Year sparkle with hope and the promise of a better you.

However, by the end of the year, you may find that many of those new year’s resolutions have been abandoned halfway or left completely unattempted.

Choosing a New Year’s resolution that is both inspiring and manageable will give you the urge to fulfill it before December 31st of that year.

Here are ways to achieve your resolution for the new year:

Pick a resolution you haven’t attempted before

Picking a resolution you have not attempted before will give you a fresh start and get you a little more inspired.

Make only one resolution

You may have big plans for self-improvement, but avoid creating a to-do list-style document crammed with resolutions. Rather, focus on just one. That way, you can put all your energy into achieving it.

Make your resolution specific

Vague goals seem more abstract, and therefore are more difficult to achieve. By contrast, specific goals are more actionable.

Instead of resolving to eat better, commit to eating an extra serving of fruit and vegetables each day.

Pick a resolution that makes you feel inspired

If your resolution inspires you, you’ll be more motivated to work towards it.

Think about your favourite life experiences. What they have in common, and how you can create more of them.

Make sure your resolution aligns with your values

If your resolution is intimately connected to your values and your life plan, it’ll be more achievable.

Ask yourself what you’d like to contribute to the world and how you can strengthen the important relationships in your life.

Go for a resolution that helps you grow as a person

The most effective and motivating resolutions are the ones that bring you closer to your ideal self. That doesn’t mean you should resolve to make a major transformation. Instead, pick a resolution that helps you grow in some way and gets you a little closer to who you want to be.

Choose a resolution for the right reasons

Make sure you pick a resolution because you genuinely want to achieve it, not because you think it would benefit someone else or make an someone jealous. If you pick a goal that means a lot to you, you’ll be more likely to follow through.

Don’t resolve to lose weight so your partner will like you more. If you decide to lose weight, it should be so you feel better.

Start small

While it’s tempting to go for a life-changing resolution, you actually have a better chance of achieving a smaller one.

Instead of making a resolution to cut out all junk food from your diet, you might decide to limit yourself to several junk food items per week.

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Break your resolution into smaller steps

Even if your resolution is specific and realistic, it might still be a little overwhelming. Make your resolution more manageable by dividing it into a series of subgoals. These should be measurable, concrete, and time-based.

Assess your progress every week

If there’s progress, continue what you’re doing. If no action was taken in the week, look inwards and ask yourself why that happened.

Make a list of potential obstacles

When making a goal for the future, people often forget about the day to day constraints that might make achieving that goal more difficult. Imagine you are going to start your New Year’s resolution tomorrow. What obstacles or inconveniences might you encounter? Write them down. Then, assess if it’s still a realistic resolution.

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Give yourself time

Don’t leave your resolution until New Year’s Eve. You should start planning your resolution at least a few days before the start of the new year so you have time to ensure it’s specific, meaningful, and manageable. With a little planning, you’ll feel more prepared to conquer it come January 1st!

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