How to Reach and Keep Your New Year Resolutions
If there is anything that I’ve done for years, it would be to make a goal list or a new year’s resolutions list for the upcoming year. I believe that striving for something every now and then makes your work ethic stronger, makes you want to work a little bit harder and who doesn’t enjoy the satisfaction of completing something?
Now, as easy as it is to create a list for the New Year, the hard part is keeping up with it.
According to statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. Unfortunately meaning, 92% of people give up on themselves or in nicer terms, fail to follow through with their goals. Let this be the year that we make change and we follow through with everything that our heart desires.
I’ve made a short list and I pray that it helps YOU achieve your goals! Let’s get started:
1. Don’t Make it Easy // Unlikely
Be specific. So many people put the goal of losing weight on their resolutions list, but so many fail to complete. This is because we need to be specific!
If you want to lose weight, either put a number on it (# of pounds), calculate inches lost or measure your health with your Physician.
Give yourself a specific goal, ask for God to give you strength to complete that goal and then work towards it.
Don’t make a goal that is rather difficult, such as, “I want to lose 100 pounds in 1 month”. (I’m not a health professional, but I do know that anything health-related done too quickly, is not always safe. Consult a Physician, first.)
Make it simple, but make it worthy.
2. Make it Timely // Make a Plan
Give yourself a time frame; just because you set a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of 2017, that does not mean that it has to be completed by December 31st, 2017. Your goals can be completed in 1 month, 6 months, at the end of a school semester or by Christmastime- whatever floats your boat.
It's also not bad if you don't complete all your goals, try again next year.
Make it easy so that you don’t have to put pressure on yourself to achieve what needs to be done. Along with that, devise a plan and follow through with it! Write it out, map it out, talk about it with a friend. If this is something you are serious about, then devise a way to achieve.
3. Start Small
Create a goal that you can build up on for years to come.
If your goal is to lose weight, then next year’s goal should be to maintain your weight and be healthy, that’s just an example.
Maybe your goal is to make more money? Find ways to budget, see if you can get more hours at work, anything that will help you reach your goal. Or my favorite- find your passion and find a way to monetize it.
I know the motto “go big or go home” is common for young adults, but maybe, just maybe, let’s start small and progress our way into becoming better individuals.
This idea is optional, I advise you to do what is best for you.
4. Have Support
An accountability partner is someone that can hold you accountable when you feel like slipping away from your goals. They can keep you on track and remind you to stay focused.
Maybe you don’t need or want an accountability partner?
Tell a friend or family member what you have planned for the New Year and ask them to support you either physically, emotionally or spiritually.
Sometimes you just need a good friend to tell you “You’re doing great!” just to keep us going.
Share some of your goals with ones you trust and of course, tell Daddy God.
5. Pray for Strength
When I was compiling this list to help you, I wanted to keep the aspect of Faith tied into the post, which is why I saved the best for life.
Pray for Strength as you go through this New Year and ask for guidance. No goal is ever too small for our Heavenly Father and this is the best time to pick up your relationship with God.
Tell him your hearts biggest desires and if he believes that it is aligned with his plan for you, then you will surely achieve your goals, in due time.
Also, don’t be defeated if you don’t reach all of your goals this year, move some over to the next year and keep working hard.
I pray that this post helps you achieve your goals and that you find peace knowing that the Lord has you and will never leave you.