10 Tips for Making
New Year Resolutions
Where the World Keeps its Promises
A big goal sounds impressive, but is hard to achieve. Start by setting small
goals so you begin to understand how you can best achieve results. Once you
have a few successes under your belt and understand your potential, take a
step up to a bigger goal.
We all need help to maintain our motivation. Set your goals so that you can
celebrate the small achievements along the way. Short sprints are much more
effective and enjoyable than a long, slow slog.
Plan for Setbacks
Nobody is perfect. Life has a habit of getting in the way of New Year
resolutions. Accept this as normal and don’t aim for perfection all of the time.
Think in advance what setbacks you may encounter and how you can mitigate
Check Your Progress
Measuring, recording and sharing your progress are all positive steps that will
support your achievement. If your progress has been good, it provides
positive reinforcement to keep going. If you have fallen behind, take some
time to reflect on why and what you can do to improve.
Think ahead about things that may tempt you to stray from your path and try
to get them out of your life, at least for a while. This could include staying
away from people who reinforce your bad habits, removing sugary foods from
the cupboard or avoiding certain activities.
Make it Real
Your New Year’s Resolutions should be based on actions that are obvious.
Vowing to get fit or lose weight are quite vague, instead try to commit to
walking to work twice per week or not drinking sugary drinks.
Manage Your Willpower
You can’t do everything all at once. Your willpower is a finite resource so
ration it for the goals that count and let some other things go. Recent
research shows that willpower can be increased with positive attitude.
Perhaps achieving some small goals will help you to improve your willpower.
Simple Beats Complex
Set simple goals that can easily be measured along the way. Understand what
will help you to achieve your goal and reinforce those behaviours. Keeping it
simple also makes it harder to wiggle out of your commitment due to a
Your goal should be measurable. Consider how and when you will measure
your progress and how it will be recorded.
Serious About Your
New Year Resolutions?
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