How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, many people ignore the adage that less is more, and resolve to get more active, lose weight, and be happier. While these are admirable goals, what people don’t realize when they set themselves these simple resolutions for the new year is that actually setting down tangible goals will always be more useful than simplistic statements that would be more at home in an ad for a gym or a new weight-loss beverage.

Today, we’ll be talking about ways to set yourself New Year’s resolutions that you’ll actually keep, and we’ve got some tried-and-tested tips to help make it happen.

1. Make them personal

It can be really tempting to jump on a bandwagon when you’re setting New Year’s resolutions for yourself. There are some that appear on lists year after year; lose weight, eat healthier, and make more friends are just some of the most obvious choices. However, the less personal your resolutions are to your life, the less you’ll actually care about accomplishing them.

This year, take some time to come up with goals that you actually want to achieve. Think about where you want to be a year from now, and set yourself goals that will help you achieve that vision.

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2. Make them specific

Another way to help yourself make New Year’s resolutions that you’ll actually keep is by making them as specific as possible.

“Lose weight” is a good goal if that’s what you want to do, but once you’ve got it down on paper, it can be extremely difficult to take the next step. If you want to lose weight, it’s better to set yourself a more reasonable goal. Estimate the number of pounds, or inches that you want to lose, and put that down on paper instead. If you want to eat healthier, think about the kinds of things that you eat now, and be more specific with what you would like to be eating in the future.

By making your goal specific to your life, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to confidently take the next steps towards achieving it.

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3. Set a deadline

A one-year deadline is what most people are thinking of when they make New Year’s resolutions — probably because they don’t want to have to think about goals again for a year.

You’re much more likely to succeed in achieving the goals that you set for yourself if you set a deadline. If you’re not sure how long your goal will take to achieve, work on a timeline instead. Set yourself monthly or even quarterly goals, so you can check in a few times a year and see how you’re progressing.

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