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New Year’s Resolutions & How to Stick to Them!

By: Erin Davis
Dec 14, 2020 • 10 min read

How to Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

Committing to Your Goals. 

Some people plan for New Years’ resolutions months in advance, while others don’t believe in the idea of resolutions. However, setting a select few important resolutions can be beneficial for progress and development. When navigated correctly, resolutions can be an inspiration for a fresh start to the new year. Still, choosing what to focus on can be difficult, and it can be discouraging if your list is too long. No one wants to stare at a never-ending list of goals for the new year. This kind of pressure is unhealthy and will ultimately result in frustration. Alternatively, not all resolutions are good ones. If your goals are too specific or critical of yourself, it can be discouraging. It is crucial to find balance when creating your goals for 2021. Lucky for you, we’ve listed 10 attainable New Year’s resolutions below, and we’ll even show you how to commit to them! 

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Ten Goals You Can Achieve in 2021:

1. Better Budget

Try re-evaluating your income and your purchase goals. Think about what you are spending your money on and what major purchases you are saving up for in the future. By creating a better budget in which you can properly save for your goals, whether that be a car or a house, or the coat, you’ve had your eyes on. This budget can even include an end date when you can afford this big purchase if you save properly! 

2. Explore a New Hobby Every Week

People often have trouble finding interests outside of a new movie or tv show. By exploring a new hobby every week, you may find a new interest that adds excitement and creativity to your life. After adopting this new hobby, try incorporating that into your routine weekly to commit to this new interest. This is a great way to expand your horizons and gain new skills. Hobbies can also help to fill the extra time in the week that may seem to escape you, particularly during the workweek. Incorporating this trial of hobbies into the workweek can inspire motivation instead of getting caught up in the loop of chores and work, especially when working from home.

3. Drink Less/ Quit Smoking/Vapes

Any bad habits you may have, this could be the time to quit them. Whether it could be a bad smoking habit, or vaping, or maybe something completely random, the new year can give incentive to quit this unhealthy habit. Many people also experienced an uptick in drinking during the lockdown as a form of coping and entertainment, but now can be the time to cut back. Focusing on the health benefits of quitting or reducing these things can aid your health and mindset. Putting your wellbeing first, especially after a year of worrying about health, is a great goal! 

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4. Book Your Medical Appointments 

Seemingly a strange resolution, but people do put this off throughout the year. Try booking all of your doctor and dentist appointments for the year, or maybe those you need to catch up on. Doing this in one sitting will be out of the way and allow you to prioritize your health before the chaos of the year sweeps you away. Make sure to book your annual physical, teeth cleaning, or call to book that eye doctor appointment you’ve been putting off! 

5. Take The Stairs 

Although it is a small change, it can be a way to inspire you to get active and move more without making the lofty resolution of visiting the gym every day. Taking the stairs is a small action that can lead to further change in the future. This step can even just be the inspiration you need to remember how great it feels to move and transition back into an active lifestyle.

6. Try Therapy 

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and trying therapy can be a healthy way to work on yourself. It can be a difficult and painful process, although it can also be one of the best self-care forms. Taking time for yourself and to find someone to talk to professionals can be the ideal way to work on yourself and better your life. This can be difficult to upkeep, as it also requires time out of your week, but it is also self-care. Thinking about yourself is essential, and growth should be the theme of everyone’s’ New Years’ resolutions. Due to COVID, some therapy offices offer virtual session options, making it safe and convenient to meet with a provider. 

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7. Create a Skincare Routine

Skincare is so important to a self-care routine for many reasons. It is a small thing you can do for yourself to make you feel good every day. However, it also has lasting benefits for everyone, no matter what age you start at. Feeling good about yourself naturally can boost confidence, and it is an investment that many are afraid to make. Starting the year by building a new skincare routine can be a great way to start harms you. Many people realize that this is an unconscious habit, but it can be bad for everyone. Breaking this habit and practicing positive self-talk can help to boost your self-esteem and bring about positive changes.

8. Enjoy The Little Things 

Lastly, a New Years’ resolution that everyone should be trying to adopt, especially after the past year, is to enjoy the little things in life. In a world where everyone is now aware of temporary privileges and can agree that it can always be worse, people should now carry this gratefulness into the future. Going out to eat never used to be a whole event, but now people can agree that this is different. Even going for your morning coffee or walking during your lunch break, you should try to continue to find joy in these small activities! 

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9. Travel When You Can

Despite the pandemic, there are still ways to travel. This is an activity many people miss, and one many would like to incorporate into their new year. Do your research and pick safe places and follow proper procedures. Explore different thinking trails, bike routes, or dog parks. Enjoying nature a little bit can be a great way to fulfill this travel need.

10. Compliment Yourself

Think about how you talk to yourself, and start to make this more positive. Giving yourself compliments instead of critiques can help you build confidence, which you can carry into your daily life. The idea of building yourself up may seem strange at first, but it can create some positive outcomes. There is so much power in the practice of positive thinking! 

Committing To Your Goals 

Next, we will discuss the process of committing to these new goals. Finding a resolution that brings value to your life, but is also attainable, can be difficult. Not to mention that if this resolution is broken, it can feel like a heavy failure going into the new year. Keep in mind that this is a common occurrence for many at the start of a new year. This is why it is crucial to choose positive resolutions, which will boost your self-esteem. You must find a good strategy for your goal setting techniques. You’ll be more likely to achieve your goals and feel better about doing so! You want to choose an area of your life that you are excited to work on! This will help with motivation significantly. 

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Focus on a Few Goals at a Time 

One of the top mistakes that can come about from New Years’ resolutions is overloading. Creating a list a mile long of ways to resituate your life is no way to get anything done. Productive resolutions should be specific and attainable. Daily life is so overwhelming that there is no way you can possibly get everything on an extensive list. Not to mention that this long list is very discouraging. Resolutions are not meant to tear you down. The most common cause of not achieving your goals is placing too much pressure on yourself! Make sure to be reasonable when setting your personal standards. 

Take Small Steps – Change is a Process! 

The next most important thing about resolutions is to be sure you are taking small steps to achieve the goal. Change is not instantaneous. That is simply not how the human brain works, and you should be sure to consider this when working through your list of resolutions. You have to break down how you want to meet your goal or change to allow time for your new habit to sink-in. This is the best way to accomplish and stick to the resolution and ensure a long-term change. Nothing changes overnight, and patience is the key to maintaining New Years’ resolutions.

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Ask Yourself Why You are Making The Change

Usually, within the first few weeks of the New Year, you may feel discouraged. Maybe you accidentally messed up your new routine, and you wonder if achieving your new goals is even possible. When this happens, you should always remind yourself of why you made the goal in the first place. This is why a small list of resolutions and steps to maintain them are important, as you can remember why you wanted this for yourself. Sometimes making a vision board about the resolutions, or even just writing down why you want it and how it will improve your life, can help build your confidence and increase motivation. 

Find Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable 

Particularly for resolutions involving habits to make or break, it can be essential to find a way to hold yourself accountable. First off, making the resolution public is a great way to make sure you stick to it. Usually, when people announce something to important people in their lives or on social media, they feel the need to stick to the resolution and are held more accountable. Writing down your goal and how you plan to accomplish it can also allow you to manifest and check-in with yourself. This is especially true if writing is your personal creative outlet! You can also confide in friends and family and ask for their support when it comes to holding yourself accountable. This can even be a partnership! You can encourage your loved ones to join you in making positive lifestyle changes in the new year. 

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Learn From Failure – Reflect

Everyone has those resolutions they have tried year after year to accomplish that never quite seemed to stick. However, this does not mean that there is no hope left. This failure can actually be a great way to figure out how to avoid the same struggles in the future. Think about the last time that you failed in this resolution, and break down why it failed. By analyzing this situation, you can find a way to combat the issue in the future. Be prepared for the setbacks and struggles! This mindset can help you tackle these challenges when they come into your future. Learning from failure is essential and will most likely aid you in your future success.

Celebrate Your Progress and Commitment! 

Lastly, it is important to congratulate yourself for any progress. The journey to achieving your goal is always more important than the final output. This is often something people overlook. However, enjoying the resolution journey can be a way to inspire you to keep going. As mentioned before, it is often smart to identify steps to achieve and carry out your resolution. By giving yourself credit for all stages of progress, you will feel encouraged to keep going. This can be a great way to practice self-love and celebrate your new lifestyle! 

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