Tips to keep those New Year’s Resolutions going in 2023

Did you know, less than 9% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions actually stick to them? It can be difficult, especially when it’s a life change in a quick amount of time. It takes patience to unlearn old habits and set new ways into motion.

Here are some ways to help give you a chance to meet your goals and not let them slip away!

1. Create a plan

Write it down and keep track of any and all progress along the way to reaching that goal. If you are wanting to lose 30lbs., create a timeline and celebrate when you reach each step along the way.

This keeps our goals clear and keeps our focus strong on what exactly we need. It is much easier with a timeline of smaller goals that add up to your resolution. Planning is key to a strong start and most importantly a strong FINISH.

2. Start small

Build a habit out of your resolution. Create small goals along the way to reach your ultimate goal. If you want to be able to run 5 miles, build up monthly. Hold yourself accountable for all the goals you reach along the way and also the slip ups that may follow.

It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes on your journey. Remember to get up the next day with your plan still in mind and hop right back into the fold, and before too long, you’ll have brand new habits built into your system.

3. Believe in yourself

Set a goal and reach until you have it in the palm of your hand. Remind yourself why you want this. Remind yourself who you are dong it for. Remind yourself that you can reach the goals you set out to reach. Just setting a goal is a step in the right direction and having confidence in yourself is a leap.

Change is a process. Goals will not be completed overnight and some days or weeks it may not feel like much has changed. Remember that it is not a race to the finish.

You can also use the acronym SMART to help you set your goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

  • Specific: Research shows that many people do not achieve goals because they set too broad of a goal. Narrow in on what exactly you want to do. Make your resolution clean and concrete. Ex: I want to save $500 over the next five months.
  • Measurable: Write it down. Take photos. Keep track of your progress in some way. Create smaller goals to reach along the way to the ultimate goal. Ex: keep track how much money you save each week
  • Achievable: Don’t set goals that you know are impossible, instead set goals that are far out there and will take work- but also actually doable. Ex: I cannot afford to save $2000 in 5 months, but I go without a few things and save $500 in five months.
  • Relevant: Resolutions should have an impact on your life. Year-long resolutions should be things that you care enough about to continue each month. Ex: It is important for me to pay off debt, and I can do it if I set goals.
  • Time-Bound: Set up a timeline and keep track of small goals reached along the way. When you achieve all your small goals, the ultimate goal is just around the corner. Ex: I can save $25 each week, $100 each month and reach my goal of $500 in five months.

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.