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How to Make Good News Year’s Resolutions

Of all of the holiday’s New Years is honestly one of my favorites. I never realized that  I liked New Years until I had a strange excitement January 27th. It caused me to take some time to think about why that was so. I realized New Years is one of my favorite holidays because it brings a new start. It’s a breath of fresh air, or like stepping out of the shower, clean and ready to take on what comes next. It’s analyzing what happened the year before that you wish would have happened differently, and making it happen differently for the next year. And that’s where resolutions come in. Setting a resolution is like making a commitment to make a positive change for the upcoming year. It’s a fantastic idea and a well-known concept. However, very few people are actually able to follow through with their resolutions. Here are some suggestions on how to make good New Years Resolutions and actually follow through with them.

Do Not Make Too Many Resolutions

You don’t want to overload yourself. You may have a lot of things you want to change, but you can only climb one mountain at a time. If you overwhelm yourself, you’ll start giving up on them one by one until you give up on all of them. I do not have any major time-consuming resolutions this year so I set four. Four actually may be a lot, but I think mine go together well enough that I will be able to stick with them. The four resolutions I set for myself this year are: Write More, Wake up Earlier, Love More, and Read the Whole Bible. Like I said though, depending on what your resolutions are and your schedule, you might only want to set one resolution this year, and that’s perfectly fine.

Make Broad Resolutions Followed By Specific Goals

You can make a broad resolution and keep track of it throughout the year by adding goals throughout the year. For instance, you can make a resolution to lose weight and make it a goal to lose a set amount of pounds every month. Write down your goals and keep them a place you will remember them. For each of my resolutions, I have small goals that coincide with them.

 Have Reasonable Expectations

This one may be a little self-explanatory, but still, it is really important. Do not say you’re going to lose 100 pounds in a month, or perfect the SAT’s or keep the house spotless 100 percent of the time. We have to be honest with ourselves about what is doable and what is not. Setting outrageous goals leads to discouragement when you cannot accomplish them.

Find An Accountability Partner Who Will Actually Hold You Accountable

Find someone to make resolutions with you. It won’t be hard to find someone making resolutions, most people make resolutions on New Years. The key is to find someone who will keep you accountable. It may not be the person you are closest to. My boyfriend and I are not good accountability partners for each other. We are too easy for each other. We can encourage each other perfectly, but sometimes that’s not enough. Find someone to keep you accountable.

Make it a Point to Stick with Your Resolution Until April

Most people hit a bump and give up on their resolutions the first or second month. The figure that there is no way that they can keep their resolution going the entire year. When you run into that bump one of the first two months remember that you promised yourself you would not give up until at least the first of April. That means you stuck with it for a whole season. If you think you are absolutely not capable of keeping up then maybe it’s time to try a different thing. But most likely if you beat the initial bump, you’ll be set in a routine and be able to follow through with your original resolutions.

Set Goals that Benefit You

The whole point of making New Year’s resolutions is finding things that are dragging you down and removing them from your life. Look at yourself and why you are not satisfied with where you are at and create a vision of where you’d like to be next year. Then form your resolutions by brainstorming ways to get you to where you would like to be. If you are going to put in the effort of making and following resolutions, make sure that they are actually beneficial to you. So, if your resolution is a diet, then you should research the reviews on the best diets. If your resolution is going to the gym, research the best ways to utilize your time at the gym. Or, if your resolution is to spend more time with your family, then research family activities. The more research you do, the better you set yourself up for success.

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Hopefully, my resolution guidelines were beneficial to you. Please feel free to comment on any comments or questions. I would love to read what your resolutions are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    nancy
    December 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Funny, but I think “enjoy the little things” is its own wonderful tip. You really need to breathe and focus and have a clear head to appreciate and get through the day!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Nancy, I agree with you! It is a tip that often gets overlooked.

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    Allison
    December 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Great tips! Thank you.

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    Helga-Marie
    December 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Great post! These are all great resolutions to have! I have a bullet journal to help me stay on track!

    http://www.helga-marie.com

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

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    roamy
    December 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I never make any new year resolutions because I`ve come to accept I cant stick to them, if I did, things could have n^been different in my life.Still, thanks for sharing, really informative read,

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Roamy, I know it can be difficult. That’s why it takes baby steps. Thanks for commenting.

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    AmberLynn
    December 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I think that my one resolution has followed all of the suggestions that you have given. For 2018, I only have one resolution, but under that resolution, I have several goals. The goals are beneficial and reasonable, and I have my friend and my mother to help keep me accountable.

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Hi AmberLynn, I wish you all the success with your resolution!

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    Kathy
    December 28, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Great ideas! I always make anti-resolutions. I figure if I resolve to do the opposite of what I want to do, since I always break my resolutions, this way I’m bound to actually keep them. Makes sense, or does it?

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Haha, that’s so funny. It does make sense in a way. Whatever works for you, keep doing it!

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    Penny Christensen
    December 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I agree that the best way to approach yearly goals is to be broad and limited. You need to leave yourself room for when an unexpected opportunity presents itself!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Penny, I totally agree! Thanks for commenting!

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    Margaret
    December 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Love all you tips. And ya, long time ago I decided to make my New Years relations to be as possible… so, at the end of the year I can go…”close enough”

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you liked all the tips!

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    Katie
    December 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    These are great tips! I have found that being reasonable with goals is an important part of sticking with these resolutions!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Katie, I totally agree! Thanks for commenting!

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    maria
    December 29, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    This is great! I am not really someone who likes to make new years resolutions, but I am turning 30 this year and one of the things I really want to take my ownership on is my skin and I thought a new year and new age would be a great time to kick it into high gear!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      That’s a great resolution! Thanks for sharing it! I will be cheering for you!

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    Courtney Buechle
    December 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Such great tips! I always find myself trying to set goals that are too big or unrealistic and then I ultimately fail and am hard on myself. I agree that having an accountability partner makes all the difference.

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Courtney! I agree accountability partners help a lot!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    December 30, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Love this statement “Make Broad Resolutions Followed By Specific Goals!” So much wisdom here!!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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    Courtney Byers
    December 30, 2017 at 3:47 am

    These are such great tips! When making mine this year I really focused on making realistic ones too. I am excited to see if I can accomplish mine. Good luck and happy almost 2018.

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Courtney, thanks for commenting! I’ll be cheering for you!

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    Cathy
    December 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    These are great tips!! I also think it’s important to make your goals measurable so you can track your progress. I’ve fallen in love with Lara Casey’s Powersheets Goal Planner. I can’t wait to get started on my 2018 goals!

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      Gabriella
      December 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      I’m so glad you found something that helps to keep you accountable. Good luck with achieving your goals!

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    Charis
    January 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Great Article, I really like the tip about having an accountability partner!

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    Marta Rivera
    January 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    My biggest resolution is to grow my food blog and begin working with at least one brand this year.

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    Sam | Away She Went
    January 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Being specific is such a great tip. I usually create resolutions like Read More, which is great, but I have a hard time feeling like I met my goal at the end of the year. I should pick a set number of books to read or something like read 2 more books than last year.

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    Wendi
    January 2, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I love all of your very wise suggestions here. I agree with simplifying your goals and not making too many at once. It can set you up to fail. I also like having an accountability partner, especially when it comes to exercising. Best wishes for a happy, successful, and joy filled 2018!

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    Mary Leigh
    January 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    These are all really great tips! I especially like finding an accountability partner and committing to sticking to something at least until April. That gives a full three months to evaluate and see if it’s something you still want to do.

    I’m sharing about how I set goals tomorrow! Love this time of year to refresh and restart!

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    Rachel
    January 4, 2018 at 2:37 am

    These are great tips. I’ve often gone way overboard with goals before, and setting realistic goals is THE best tip.

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