How to make new year resolutions stick - 4 Tips! 

New year, new you. The old cliché rings true, every New Year's Day we vow to eat healthier and get in shape. And then by mid-January we're back to our bad habits. One of the most common resolutions is losing weight.

While this may be difficult (especially during the cold and flu season), one thing to remember is that your resolutions don’t have to be all or nothing, but by sticking to one resolution at a time, you can get closer to your goals over time. That way you’re not overwhelmed by trying to change too many things at once. Here are four easy ways on how to make sure your New Year's resolutions stick!

But don't worry! If you're committed, things should go quite smoothly. Here are some strategies that might help keep your resolutions going strong all year long.

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Why do we make resolutions?

This is by far the most important point you should think about. You will need to give yourself a concrete reason as to why you need to have this goal. If your reason is wishy-washy, chances are your resolutions are no less than just wishful thinking. It’s crucial that you know what you want to prove and why you want to improve it. You’re doing this so you are aware of the stakes involved. This raises the bar in terms of how serious the problem is and how serious you are in completing your goals. Here’s an example: 

New years resolution / what I want to change: I want to lose weight 

Why I want to change it: To be healthy, to look & feel good, increase confidence, to lower my chances of illness, and boost immunity. 

Although many reasons are listed here, pick on what you want to clearly focus on, that way you can track your progress a lot better.

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Be Precise

As you can see from the examples above, these goals sound really broad. ‘Losing weight’ is a really popular new year's resolution, but how many of us actually go through with it? Not a lot, I’d even say not the majority. Although losing weight is a great goal, you're specifying on what activity you are going to be focusing on to achieve this goal. It’s important to write down something you can practically do, whether that be daily or weekly. This makes your goal more doable and less intimidating. Replace the broad goal with an action instead. Here’s quick example of this, let’s look back to our goal above: 

Broad Goal: To lose weight

New years resolution / what I want to change: I want to lose weight, I want to start running. 

Why I want to change it: To be healthy, to look & feel good, increase confidence, to lower my chances of illness, and boost immunity. 

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Have a time frame

It’s important to set yourself a time frame because without this, there is no urgency to do it. Having a time frame allows you to manage what needs to be done, when. Even if you’re not a time table kind of person, having a clear set time will help you map out what you want to do and where you want to go from there. For example: 

Broad Goal: To lose weight

New years resolution / What I want to change: I̶ ̶w̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶l̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ I want to start running 1 hour per day

Why I want to change it: To be healthy, to look & feel good, increase confidence, to lower my chances of illness, and boost immunity. 

The 1 hour per day gives you a plan without even writing one. 

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Have really easy goals

This is the pitfall for many people. They set themselves a goal which is too demanding. You may find yourself sticking to your plan for a few days but it will be too hard to maintain as time goes by. This is why a lot of people drop their goals mid-way through the month. Having unreachable or unrealistic goals will only hold you back and stop you from achieving what you want. Your goals should be simple, not just simple but the most simplest goal you could ever achieve. By doing this you give yourself no choice but to do it. It sounds crazy, but it does work. An example:

Broad Goal: To lose weight

New years resolution / What I want to change: I want to lose weight, I want to start running 5 minutes per day.

Why I want to change it: To be healthy, to look & feel good, increase confidence, to lower my chances of illness, and boost immunity. 

Anyone can run 5 minutes per day right? These little changes pile up and before you know it, you’ll start to see results. In fact, many times you’ll find yourself exceeding this really easy task and will want to do more. No worries if not, running 5 minutes is much better than running for none at all!  

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Here are some other examples I’ve come up with, which are my own! 

Broad Goal: To get good at drawing / Be more productive 

New years resolution / What I want to change: Draw a line every day on my sketchbook (YES THAT EASY!) 

Why I want to change it: To improve my drawing fundamentals, to be able to draw from imagination instead of relying on references. 

Broad Goal: Read more books

New years resolution / What I want to change: To be able to read a chapter from [book_name] every week 

Why I want to change it: There are too many books that I want to read but haven’t.

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