My Key To Making My New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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One of my favorite holidays is New Years. Not because of the partying, but because there is nothing better than a fresh start. I love dreaming of ways I want to improve myself and my life and create my New Year Resolutions.

Then a month or so later, life gets busy and those goals and resolutions go by the wayside. If you’re like me, you might feel like once you’ve strayed from accomplishing that year’s goals, you’ve already messed it all up and you’re just going to let it go. You’ll get amped up again about it for the next year.

So I started going about my yearly resolutions differently which has helped me meet most of my resolutions.

Here’s how I do it…

It’s gotta be written down!

First of all, your goals HAVE to be written down. They cannot live in your head. There is a lot you can read up on this (check out this book, Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It, but writing something down is the first step toward accomplishing your goals. In my life, if I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen.

I buy a cute yearly planner that makes me happy. If you’re a nerd like me, you know the feeling I’m talking about. There’s nothing like a nice notebook and a quality pen. So I get one that I’ll enjoy writing in often. This is a brand I have bought in the past, love these!

(these also make awesome Christmas gifts, everyone in my office gets one and they have come to look forward to their yearly planners).

Schedule Time To Reflect On What You Want For Your New Year Resolutions

Once I have my goals planner, I schedule in some time to myself to really reflect on my life, the past year, and what I want for the upcoming year. I consider all of the different aspects of my life, what I feel I accomplished the prior year, what worked to get there, what didn’t, etc. Basically I do this to get to the bottom of what’s important to me and my growth in the next year, rather than just go to the usual ‘Lose x amounts of lbs’ or ‘stop x bad habit’.

Here are some categories to reflect on and think of how you can improve each aspect of your life:

    • Health/Fitness
    • Relationships
    • Financial
    • Career
    • Spiritual
    • Community
  • Personal Character

Once I have my list of New Year Resolutions (I try to keep it around 10 goals), I write them down. Then I have subcategories to those goals and list smaller goals that will help me obtain my larger yearly goals. I create an action plan for each item.

Now here is the key to obtaining all of your New Year Resolutions each year

On the 1st of every single month, I treat that day as a mini New Years. I take a few minutes in the morning on the 1st of each month and I set goals throughout the month that will help me achieve and stick to my yearly resolution.

This doesn’t have to take a long time, it’s just a quick review of your New Year Resolutions you set for the year. Also a quick action plan every single month. This keeps you focused and accountable. And honestly, it creates a nice moment for yourself each month to check in and reflect. Be proud of what you have accomplished.

Be realistic with yourself, but make sure you are pushing yourself too.

You want your New Year Resolutions to be attainable and set yourself up for success. You will know if you’re not setting your bar high enough. I also consider if one of my goals is going to take up the bulk of my time than others. For example, making six figures and paying off my mortgage was a huge undertaking. New Year Resolutions like that mixed with goals of lots of travel or something else that’s grand isn’t realistic.

Need some inspiration for resolution ideas? New Years Resolutions Ideas

I haven’t started planning my 2018 New Year Resolutions yet. I have an infant so I know that this upcoming year’s goals will be much different than the past. Having accomplished some large financial goals in the past few years, I know that this year my focus will be more on relationships and my own personal health and fitness (time to go baby weight!).

Life goes in seasons, each year will have different priorities. I hope my method helps you achieve all that you deserve!

Comments (4)

  • 19 Goals For 2019 – Wealth & Stability

    December 12, 2018 at 4:30 am

    […] Okay so I LOVE the New Year! Not necessarily New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day. What a great chance to reflect on your past year and see where you thrived and where you could use some improvement. Chances are, some of your resolutions or goals you made for the prior year had fizzled out a couple of months in, but this year will be different! See my tips on making your New Years resolutions stick! […]


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