Chances are at some time in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken
it. We have all done it – this is a no judgment zone.
This new year, let’s stop the cycle of resolving to make changes and then not following through.
If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better
year if your resolution sticks. Here are ten tips to help you get started.
1. BE REALISTIC
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance,
resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. And who can resist
pizza? Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do
2. PLAN AHEAD
Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based
on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31st
However, if you are reading this on the 31st of December and you are all full of big ideas for
tomorrow, be kind to yourself. Start on the 2nd of January and commit from then. Any start is
better than none.
3. OUTLINE YOUR PLAN
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that slice of
pizza. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or
reminding yourself how your decisions will affect your goal.
Remember, one slice will never hurt, but think about your goals.
4. MAKE A “PROS” AND “CONS” LIST
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over
time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need
help keeping your resolve.
5. TALK ABOUT IT
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to
support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case
scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivates each other.
6. REWARD YOURSELF
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates and then some if your resolution
is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you
enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat
better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a
7. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small
accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on
losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for every
five pounds lost.
8. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each
day, and take one day at a time.
9. STICK TO IT
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to
become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, be persistent and patient!
10. KEEP TRYING
If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February,
don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24
hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be
back on track.
So what are your New Years’ goals? Share them in the comments section below, and start to
get support now!
By Mollie Houston netwomen Ambassador