3 Ways to Set a New Year's Resolution that Will Stick

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As one crazy year comes to an end and another begins, it is only customary to reflect on the previous year and consider what you want to do differently in the future. For many, this includes setting New Year’s resolutions. Although this is a good start, setting a resolution alone will not help you to achieve the future “you”. This year try something different – think about what you want to achieve in 2019 and what you will need to do to succeed.

On average, resolutions tend to fade from our minds after the “New Year, New Me” mentality wears off, and by mid-February you have forgotten all about your ambitious aspirations for the year. Don’t let this happen to you! Here are three ways to help you start and stick to your New Year’s resolution in 2019.

  1. Be specific, get SMART - You may have already set a resolution to “eat better” or “exercise more” however these are vague ideas without a clear indication of how you will measure your success and attain your objectives. Setting a goal to support your resolution, such as “I will lose 20 lbs by July 4th”, and following up with how you will achieve this goal, “I will work out three times a week and cut out dessert from my diet” will help you to focus on modifying your behavior and achieve your goals. As you can probably tell, the goal mentioned differs from the resolutions because it is SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited).

  2. Focus on personal growth - Oftentimes New Year’s resolutions and goals are set around physical qualities like weight loss, however looking towards the future should also include personal and professional development. Challenge yourself to set at least one personal and/or professional goal. Some examples include reducing your credit card debt or paying off a loan by a June 1st, getting your six-sigma black belt certification by Labor Day, or creating at least one new professional networking connection each month.

  3. Make it a habit – A resolution is a great way to start making a change in your life, but the key to long-term success is converting the change into a habit. Motivation can come and go, which is why New Year’s resolutions often fail. By forming new habits to support your goals, you will set yourself up for long-lasting lifestyle changes.

No matter what your focus is, setting SMART goals to support your personal growth will help you focus on your objectives, track your progress and ultimately achieve success.