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How to stick to your New Years resolutions

Updated: Feb 8

Happy New Year! Happy 2022! If you are like me you thrive off a fresh start and a new chapter when it comes to new year, I like to use new year and January to reflect on the past year and make the next even better by setting myself goals for the new year.

However, that being said research has suggested that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. Often, this is because resolutions can be broad and vague as opposed to goals are often more specific, which makes them more effective when it comes to actioning them.

Over the years I have become quite detailed in how I set my goals as I find this helps me to target each area of my life that I wish to make improvements, which therefore makes it easier to try and achieve them. I split my goals into subsections including: Personal, Professional/ Academic, Health & Wellbeing, Financial and Relationships. I often have 2-4 goals in each section but one per section would be more than enough! If you tend to be a person who falls into a trap of not sticking to resolutions or achieving goals don't overwhelm yourself with too many, just have one per section.

If you are struggling to think of goals, ask yourself where you would like to be in 3 months, 6 months and a year. You can also use to subsections to evaluate your life currently and see where you can make improvements (even if these are small).

Another way to make sure you achieve your new year goals is to make sure you have an action plan as to how these will be achieved and breaks the goals into actionable steps. This ensures your goals are realistic and achievable. With the action plan make sure you have ways of checking your progress whether that is weekly or monthly, as often we make resolutions or goals in the new year and then forget about them until the following New Years Eve.

Ask yourself why. By asking yourself why you are setting certain goals and providing a rationale behind them, makes them meaningful which enhances your willingness to stick to them and achieve them.

Tell others your goals for the year, this will allow you to take more responsibility for them which encourages you to achieve them throughout the year. As humans we tend to like others to be proud of us and we don't like letting others down, so by telling others about your goals is another encouraging way to stick to your new year goals.

The key to achieving your New Years goals is consistency, remind yourself not to get disheartened if you don't see results immediately and don’t let that deter you from continuing to put in the work over the year.

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