New Year, New You: 7 Tips to Follow Through on Your Resolutions

By Dominica

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Last Updated: December 26, 2022

The New Year is arriving fast, and that means it’s time to make some New Year resolutions!

Some people think that making New Year resolutions isn’t worth the effort because many people forget about them within a few weeks.

However, others believe this is the perfect time to set new goals and start fresh. I agree. I think any time is a great time to make some healthy and positive resolutions. But there’s something about a fresh, new year that gears us up to actually make more effort at following through.

So, how can you ensure that you’re actually going to follow through on your resolutions?

Here are seven tips for staying focused and motivated so that you can achieve success.

 

 

7 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Resolutions This Year

1. Make Realistic Goals.

The key to success is setting realistic goals that you can actually achieve.

Don’t try to bite off more than you can chew. Start small and build from there. Break down larger goals into smaller ones so that each step feels achievable.

 

2. Track Your Progress.

It’s important to keep track of your progress in order to stay motivated.

Whether it’s a spreadsheet or a journal, find a way to document your journey towards achieving your goal. Seeing tangible evidence of progress will help keep you motivated when things get difficult.

 

3. Celebrate Milestones.

Achieving any goal requires hard work, dedication, and commitment, so don’t forget to take time out once in a while and celebrate the milestones along the way!

Even small victories should be acknowledged and celebrated, as it will help keep you motivated as you continue on your journey towards success.

 

4. Don't Give Up.

When it comes to following through on resolutions, there will undoubtedly be times when things feel overwhelming or just too difficult.

That doesn't mean giving up – in fact, those moments are when it's most important to dig deep and keep going. Find ways to reframe the situation.

Remind yourself why this goal is important, why it matters, etc., so that you can stay focused and keep pushing forward no matter what challenges come your way.

 

5. Ask For Support.

There are always people who are willing to lend an ear and offer support if needed.

Whether it’s friends or family members or even online forums, such as Daily Strength, don't be afraid of asking for help if needed. Talking about our goals with others helps hold us accountable for taking action.

Plus, getting feedback from others can often provide helpful perspectives we hadn't considered before, which might just be the push we need in order to succeed.

 

6. Create A Deadline.

For some goals, you can set a definite deadline, as this can give you some extra motivation to achieve the goal.

For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, set a goal to lose it within two months. That’s a realistic goal within a realistic timeframe. Write this goal down and put it somewhere you see often, so you can be reminded regularly that you’re working toward a deadline.

 

7. Use Visualization.

Visualization can be an incredibly helpful tool for achieving goals.

Visualizing success can help to focus the mind on the desired outcome and create a clear plan of action. By imagining what the successful outcome looks like, it can help motivate you to take the necessary steps to make it happen.

Visualizing accomplishments can also provide a sense of satisfaction, as seeing something happen in your mind’s eye is often more rewarding than simply reading about it.

Being able to visualize how small decisions or actions contribute towards larger goals can offer clarity and direction when those goals seem overwhelming or out of reach.

For example, if the goal is to run a marathon, visualization could involve picturing yourself crossing the finish line after months of intense training. This image can give you a short-term focus during each training session and make each one count towards reaching your goal.

Visualization tools such as flowcharts and graphs are also useful for planning out larger objectives that require multiple steps.

For example, if you want to start a business, a flowchart could provide an overview of all the steps needed to get started, including:

  • research
  • writing a business plan
  • securing funding
  • and so on

Seeing these tasks laid out visually helps give perspective on how long the journey will be and helps break down achievable milestones along the way.

 

Conclusion                      

Sticking with New Year's resolutions isn't always easy, but these seven tips will help ensure that 2023 is not only successful, but also rewarding!

Remember:

  • setting realistic goals
  • tracking your progress along the way
  • celebrating milestones
  • never giving up regardless of how hard things get
  • visualizing
  • asking for support

...are all essential components of success when striving towards any resolution or goal. So, use this advice today as a guide on your journey towards achieving whatever resolution(s) you set this year.

You can do it!

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