Tips on How to Follow Through on Your New Year's Resolution

It’s a holiday tradition to make a list of all the goals you want to accomplish in the new year. We all look forward to a fresh start. However, this is a process that really is only successful when you take small and digestible steps. Jumping in without a real plan is like trying to develop a new skill with no adequate training, like learning how to play tennis. Here are some tips to help you follow through on your new year's resolution this year.

Start Small

You’ve identified what it is you want to change in your life and you know what you have to do to change it. Now you need to focus on what you can do to make it happen. You want to change your environment to work with you and not against you. The small changes are what really makes the difference. If getting fit is one of your goals, something as simple as putting on tennis shoes (instead of slippers) will make it more likely that you will exercise. Set yourself up for success in small ways each day.

Progress, Not Perfection

It’s easy to get discouraged with large, long-term goals that are hard to track. Instead, focus on small achievable goals that you can actually achieve if you put in the effort. Work on healthy behaviors each day instead of focusing on just the outcome. Logging these small wins along the way will help you to continue with these good habits. This will allow you to look back and see how far you’ve come.

Find an Encourager

You can decide how public you want your journey to be. Some people like to hold themselves accountable by sharing on social media. However, it can be just as helpful to find a supportive friend or family member to be your cheerleader. Find someone you can share your ups and downs and with so they can encourage you or give you a pat on the back along the way.


Often, the payoff seems so far away that it makes it more challenging to stick to your resolutions. Those that are able to the identify immediate rewards will be more likely to keep up the behaviors needed to get them there. For example, make a playlist of your favorite songs to enjoy while you’re working out. Find activities that will make the long-term goal more enjoyable. Rewards are more effective than punishment, so don’t be too hard on yourself!

Believe In Yourself

Believing that you can achieve your goal is crucial to achieving your resolutions. The positive feelings and emotions that come from an activity or good habit will help to fuel your self confidence. When you start to doubt yourself, take a moment to think about how completing that activity will make you feel. Soon, the work will be done and you will be left feeling accomplished!


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