How to make and stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Jan 1, 2022

As the new year ushers in a new chapter, many people come up with a list of things they wish to improve as January draws near. If these pledges are kept, they may lead to a completely different way of living. Yet, for many people, these resolutions fall by the wayside during the first few weeks of the new year, and they are consigned to the metaphorical garbage heap.
Some people, on the other hand, do succeed in achieving their objectives. Some businesspeople have had great success by keeping to their New Year’s resolutions, but what is their secret? We’ve put up a list of tips to help you stick to your own New Year’s resolutions this year.

1.     Get Clarity

A behavior adjustment must begin in the subconscious (that’s the centre point!). Simply telling yourself you want to do something is a concept, but to change your behavior, you must first understand what it means to you and why what you’re doing now isn’t effective for you. When you’ve reached a point where you feel uncomfortable with a behavior, simply write about it in your diary, discuss it with your therapist, and then explore videos on YouTube that explain the new strategy you want to use. For example, I was quite aware that I ate far too quickly and was far too distracted. This is a very unhealthy way of eating, so I spent a couple of hours on YouTube watching mindful eating videos—just the right content at the right time. Now I take my time and eat carefully and slowly. It’s a game-changer in every way.

2.     Focus On What You Don’t Want

When we make New Year’s resolutions, we usually focus on something we want, such as learning a new skill, developing a new relationship, or having a new encounter. Rather, concentrate on what you don’t want. Recognizing and naming what we don’t want in our professional and personal life can lead to the discovery of something more genuine. As we work toward our goal, we find ourselves spending our days in an editing mode rather than an additive mode. As a result, achieving the resolution becomes more attainable and less taxing.

3.     Determine To Work On Your Beliefs And Attitudes

Forming New Year’s resolutions has the disadvantage of focusing on modifying behaviors rather than the core values and beliefs that drive long-term success. If you want to run a marathon, you’re not going to stick to a regimen unless you have a compelling reason to do so. Make goals to work on your beliefs, attitudes, or personality rather than making action-oriented resolutions. This is a task that demands deliberation and time. Making resolutions to go to therapy, journal, read more, and do other things that affect your value system might be beneficial. When your heart and head are in sync, actions will come naturally.

4.     Review Your Goals Every Day

Goals should be reviewed daily, not simply once a year. You don’t look at a map or your GPS before going on a road trip and then forget about it. Defining three key “outcomes” for the year and spending time figuring out the “why” behind them has helped me get closer to my main goals and alter my techniques as needed. Every morning, I put down my goals in my journal, which are the same every day. This exercise has helped me remember what I’m working toward and manage my activities throughout the day so that I may have the greatest influence on the things that actually matter.

5.     Develop Strategies

The key to keeping a resolution is to have strategies in place rather than goals. Building specific routines, accountability check-ins, and having partners or mentors who can help and encourage you are all examples of having a strategy. Where goals fail, strategies succeed because they keep you on track.

6.     Set Realistic Objectives

The natural desire, despite all the advice, to set “goals” that are out of our control is a significant danger of making resolutions. You might set an objective to increase your business or lose 30 pounds this year, for example. Although they appear to be under your control, they are not. Instead, set a goal for yourself to follow a certain eating plan and exercise four times per week. This is something you can manage, and it will almost certainly result in you losing weight. Similarly, you may set a corporate goal to publish fresh material or update your website once a week. These are things you can manage that will hopefully result in the outcome you desire without the stress of trying to “accomplish” something that is entirely dependent on the actions of other people or events.

7.     Jot Them Down

Make a list of them and refer to them regularly. Having a resolution that exists just in your thoughts is a definite way to fail. Also, write goals down on your work calendar and refer to them once a week or so to remind yourself that you have them and that you are making progress.

8.     Develop Habits

Create a habit rather than a goal. I found recently this technique and was astounded at how rapidly I achieved goals that I wasn’t even aware of. Turn your focus on the task at hand and make it a part of your regular habit. You’ll get there far faster and more efficiently if you concentrate on the execution rather than the endpoint. Consider your final aim, then ask yourself what you’d have to do every day to make it a reality. Take this solution and apply it to your life daily. If you use this method, you will achieve your goals this year.

9.     Accountability Friend

It’s been mentioned before, but having someone else hold you accountable can help you stick to a goal or resolution. Find an accountability partner you admire and don’t want to let down. You could be comfier falling behind on your goals if you choose your best friend since you know they’ll let you off the hook. Therefore, ask someone to hold you accountable, such as a mentor or a coach.

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