How to make New Year’s resolutions that stick
Planning to set some goals for the new year? Don’t let them fall by the wayside come mid-January – instead, use our four-point plan to keep your resolutions and achieve your aims in 2020.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
– Oprah Winfrey
1. Be selective
Ditch the lengthy list of resolutions and keep things simple by identifying one or two changes you’d like to make that will have a meaningful and positive impact on your life. By selecting just a few key resolutions, you’ll have more time and energy to focus on them.
2. Be specific
Your next step is to add detail to what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. Answering the following questions for each of your resolutions can help you flesh out your goals:
WHAT do you want to do?
WHY do you want to do it?
WHEN do you want to do it by?
HOW are you going to do it?
3. Check-in regularly
To successfully achieve your goals, you need to track your progress. So, take stock regularly to ensure that you’re meeting your milestones and to make any necessary adjustments to your plan.
4. Stay positive – and keep going!
You’ve no doubt heard that “your attitude determines your altitude” – and that goes for New Year’s resolutions, too. There will be times when you feel like you’re not making progress or that you’re even taking a few steps back, but don’t waste time beating yourself up about it. Instead, stay positive and keep moving in the right direction – it’s the only way you’ll get to where you want to be. Finally, remember that celebrating progress is important, so reward yourself as you reach each milestone on the way to your destination.