A new year offers time for reflection and laying the groundwork for a brighter future.  Many people make New Year’s resolutions, only 8-12% actually succeed in keeping them.  25% don’t even make it through the first week (1).  In this article, we’ll talk a bit about New Year’s resolutions and what you can do to actually keep them.

To make a goal a reality you must have a plan to get there.
To turn a goal into reality you must have a plan.

New Year’s resolutions are believed to have begun in Babylonia, at the beginning of the year they would make promises to their gods to return things that they had borrowed and pay their debts.  Over the centuries there have been many such traditions from the Romans to Medieval knights to Christians.

2015 top 10 resolutions

While these resolutions are all fine and dandy, nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself, they won’t work.  Why, you ask?  Well, because they are too vague.

For a resolution (read: a goal) to work there must be a plan.  And that means no vague, wishy washy goals.  For example:

Goal setting is all about the Why?
Goal setting is all about the Why?

Got you’re goal?  Great, now it’s time to make a plan.  The plan should be simple and straight forward.  You want to keep them small and simple, not too many changes at once.  You’ll also need to think about any obstacles that can happen and how to solve them.  Here’s a simple checklist for you:

Goal plan

You can now take a look at those New Year’s resolutions you made and be more confident about being able to achieve them.  Just go through these steps, I promise it really is this simple.

I’ll share some of my own resolutions over the next week so you can see just how easy it is.   By the way getting this site up and running is part of my resolutions.

I want to hear what your goals are for the coming year, and if you need any help.  Let me know in the comments section.

Source: (1) University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology (2015). Care of http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

To read the rest of the New Year’s Resolution series choose a post below:

  • New Year’s Resolutions- Creating Fitness Goals.
    • Creating fitness goals for New Year’s resolutions with a simple plan and specific examples. Overcome obstacles to achieve fitness success.
  • Assessing Your New Year’s Resolution
    • “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” But no one system is perfect and it’s all about finding what works for you and being consistent.
  • Nutrition Goals for the New Year
    • Nutrition goals don’t have to be hard and intimidating. In fact they really shouldn’t be. This is about creating long term change, not a diet that you’ll quit in a week.
  • Health and Wellness Goals for the New Year
    • Health & wellness is about more than just fitness & nutrition. Your mental & emotional health makes an impact on your overall physical well-being as well.
  • Family Time Goals for the New Year
    • Family time is such an important part of many of our lives. Set family time goals to actually get to enjoy it and make it meaningful.
  • Work-Life Goals for the New Year
    • Work-life balance is important for mental, emotional, & physical health. Not just for mom’s that work outside of the home. Find balance by creating goals.

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