How to Stay Committed to Your New Year Resolutions

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Elliot

How many new year resolutions were you able to achieve in the past few years? What are the reasons that hindered you from achieving them? Setting new year goals isn’t just about writing down the changes and goals you want to happen in the coming year. More than achieving goals, it’s about commitment. So if you’re someone who likes to have new year resolutions or goals, here are our tips on how you can stick to them.

1. Your goals match your values

To sustain your drive to achieve your goals within the year, match them with your values and personal beliefs. If there’s any contradiction, that can easily wane your motivation to achieve them. When you believe that such a goal can improve your personal well-being and you truly stand by that, you’ll be able to commit more.

Moreover, when making your resolutions, stick to those that you really want to pursue and not just because others are doing it. When you choose your own goals, it internally motivates you more compared to externally motivated goals that can be more distressing to you.

 

2. Be more specific with your goals

If you’re trying to achieve a set of old new year resolutions, you might want to become more specific this time. If you want to earn more money, write down how you plan on doing so. 

Having specific goals makes it easier for you to keep your eyes on the prize. At the same time, having specific plans provide your brain with mental cues. It makes it less mentally taxing for you.

 

3. Find a buddy to share a goal with

Planning to lose weight? Find a buddy who is willing to achieve that goal with you. Not only will it make the goal more fun, yet it also adds more responsibility and accountability to you both. 

Again, be specific with your goals. If you want to lose weight, you can list down something like “I will jog with Linda every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least 30 minutes,” and make sure your buddy agrees, too. Motivate each other in the process.

 

4. Write down your personal rewards, too

Many people are so focused on listing down goals that they ignore writing down their personal rewards. Truth is, seeing a list of how you will reward yourself is just as motivating. Have a reward system for small and big gains and at the same time, write down what you will reward yourself with.

 

5. Take lessons from past mistakes

What are the reasons why you didn’t achieve your new year’s resolutions last year and the year before that? When creating your new list, do some reflecting, too. Think of those failures and find the lessons in them.

What are you going to do differently this year to ensure you finally achieve those goals? Let go of self-criticism and negative self-talk. Again, you got a new, fresh year ahead and you’ll need all the self-love and positivity!

 

6. Be flexible and realistic

What worked for you in January may not work anymore when June comes. There’s no shame in tweaking your new year’s resolutions halfway through the year. Be flexible with your goals, especially when they’re no longer serving their purpose. Change them as needed without removing the goal altogether.

Additionally, be realistic with goal setting. If you think that one of your goals cannot be achieved in a year, break down that goal into smaller ones. This will help you target those smaller goals first.

 

Happy New Year, Indeed

Start the new year with happiness, positivity, and full of hope. If you are inspired, your disposition can easily affect those around you. Help them achieve their new year goals, too, as these wins can be significant in their own personal growth. 

Now if you’re not someone who is fond of new year’s resolutions, you can still give goal-setting a try and see how good it can be for your personal growth and improvement this coming year.