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4 Tips for Succeeding at Your New Year's Resolutions


2017 is here, and for 41% of Americans, that means it’s time to make some New Year’s Resolutions. While almost half of the American population jots down a list of things they’d like to do, or goals they’d like to accomplish, only 9.2% of that group feel like they’ve been successful with their resolutions by the end of the year.

New Year’s Resolutions have become a cliché over the years, so you might be saying, “So people don’t follow through on their resolutions, why does it matter?” Well, it matters because making resolutions and setting goals and then achieving them is an incredibly positive activity, and it’s something to be encouraged. In a way, everyone has a goal they are working toward, and whether they call it a New Year’s Resolution or not, the new year is the perfect time to hit the restart button and work on accomplishing your goals.

That said, it can be hard to stay motivated past the first few weeks of January. That’s where these four tips can help keep you on track. 

1. Make Your Resolution a Question

Forbes recently published an article talking about how changing a resolution from a statement into a question ups your success rate. If you think about it, making resolutions is like making a statement: “I will lose weight this year.” While that’s a good statement, it doesn’t address the issue of how you will achieve that goal.

If you frame it as a question, your resolution becomes, “How will I lose weight?” Then your answers like starting an exercising program, going to the grocery store, and preparing healthy meals become sub-resolutions and goals that seem much more achievable.

The author of the article, Melody Wilding, mentioned this, saying, “By posing your resolution in the form of a question rather than a statement, you begin to engage with it. Your brain goes to work breaking down the problem, sequencing next steps and creating a path to success.”

Sounds a lot more feasible, doesn’t it?

2. Break Your Resolutions into Smaller Goals

This pairs well with the first tip, but you can also do this without making your resolutions a question. You probably made a quick list of resolutions, right? While that’s a good start, keeping on track might take a little more outlining.

You don’t have to go as in-depth as a monthly plan, but just lay out a list of things that will contribute to the overall resolution. If you set benchmarks like these, you might find your resolution to be much more attainable as each smaller success will fuel you toward the next one until you’ve ultimately completed what you set out to do.

3. Turn to the Internet for Help

When it comes to working on your resolutions, keep the phrase “why recreate the wheel?” in mind. A good deal of people probably stop working on their resolutions because they’re becoming too time-consuming. Luckily there are plenty of resources out there for you to use to prevent this from happening.

Is one of your resolutions to stay tidy? Check out this Better Homes & Gardens article to help make your own cleaning schedule or head to Pinterest for tons of checklists and schedules you can readily print off. Pinterest is also a great resource if you’re getting into working out, eating healthier, or meal planning.

There are tons of other resources beyond the beloved social media network, so just Google around, and you’ll find what you need in no time.

4. Don’t Be Hard on Yourself

Let’s face the facts: we probably won’t succeed and follow through on every resolution we ever set, but that doesn’t mean we’ve failed! So if there are times you ever felt tested, or you abandoned your resolution, follow in my footsteps and maintain one good habit or goal, which in my case was using scrip!



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