How To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Big goals are often a trap as we end up feeling overwhelmed and lose our motivation as a result and give up altogether. Goal setting is a skill like any other and there are plenty of things you can do to maximize your chances of not giving up.

 1. Why It’s So Hard To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions  

Online statistics point out that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by 1st of February and this is hardly a surprise. But this doesn’t mean goals are not important for our wellbeing. If anything, goals help us pinpoint what we want in life and a ship cannot leave the harbor unless it has a destination. However, the problem arises with self-discipline and hard-work that has to be done as we cannot get a different outcome by doing the same thing over and over again- yet, humans are creatures of habit.

The key to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is to make them attainable and approach this endeavor seriously and in a strategic manner.

 2. Tips To Achieve Your New Year’s Goals and Make Them Stick       

To begin, you need to analyze the behavior that is dragging you down which means facing your unhealthy habits as this is your beginning point.

 Face your problems head on 

You need to break the bad habits that bring you down. If your goal is to repair your credit – make sure to make your payments on time such as paying your rent or your Met Ed electric utility bill. If you are having trouble paying bills altogether, you can find ways to lower them such as by finding a more affordable Met Ed utility provider.

Living in a state like Pennsylvania means you have the freedom to choose your provider and the Internet makes rate comparisons way too easy as everything is pretty much done for you. All you have to do is analyze your usage behavior and find a deal that suits your best. But everything begins by addressing the root of the problem.

 Make SMART goals 

SMART goals are small, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. It means setting realistic and simple goals you can achieve within a realistic timeframe during which you will measure your progress.

 Do whatever keeps you motivated 

Get a buddy if you don’t want to go at it alone. Celebrate the small wins. Most importantly, your goal needs to become an integral part of who you are: if you have a vision that is driving you, you won’t need to find a reason to get yourself to do something.

 Build a system 

You can either be the victim of your PA environment or the architect of it. Design your environment in a way that makes success easier. Analyze all of your expenses, including your utilities and other recurring expenses, and take the initiative to make a change in your provider.  Building a good habit is just like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time so make sure your garden is well-equipped to host that flower. Goals are good, but systems ensure you don’t fail.

 Be gentle with yourself 

Getting off track at some point is pretty much guaranteed so be gentle with yourself as you are only human. The key is not to let it happen two days or twice in a row and to get up as soon as possible and ideally: for every step back, you make two steps forward.

 Focus on your new identity 

If you focus on the action itself such as exercising every morning, odds are you’ll find it difficult to get out of bed on a rainy morning. But if you focus on visualizing how amazing you will feel when you are in perfect shape, your morning exercise will become as automatic as washing your teeth because the new habit becomes an integral part of the personality you want to become.

 Take Aways 

Remember, every action you take is a step towards becoming a person you want to be. Your New Year’s resolution needs to become a part of you- or more precisely, the person you want to become. Nothing happens overnight but it is the tiny changes that deliver the biggest results if they are done every single day. New Year’s resolutions are a beautiful thing because they remind us that we are designers of our own lives as opposed to just being observers or consumers of it. Don’t be one of those people who sit around their whole lives waiting for the perfect time to pursue what they desire- now is the perfect time.


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