December is done. The snow she’s a falling, and we’re in downtime mode, with holidays, parties, the beach. Yay, FUN! OOPS! Wait! Although we’d like to, most of us can’t quite forget about the (sometimes dreaded) New Year’s Resolutions we vow to make as soon as the new year starts. Some women get excited about the prospect of yearly promises. It’s a new beginning, time to think about all those things we neglected to do last year despite our best intentions. Now we can commit all over again. But for many of us, resolutions feel like a setup for failure that can drain our self confidence. The fact is, when busy life gets in the way, it’s hard to find the time to make good on all our goals, especially the personal ones. Well, there’s no need to fret.

Resolutions don’t have to be musts, and they don’t have to be on any priority list of do’s and shoulds. But if you do want to set goals, how can you make sure they don’t get in the way of your confidence and success?

5 Easy Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Set Achievable Goals

Start small and stay practical. You have to make your goals achievable in order to reach them. Make a list of your top 3, starting with what’s easiest to attain and maintain. That way, you’ll be able to check them off one by one, experiencing a quick hit of accomplishment. Remember: Success comes in baby steps when you’re first starting out. If getting fit is on your list, for instance, set reasonable expectations for yourself, like 10 minutes per day, 3 times a week. When that feels easy, increase your workout time, and before you know it, you’ll surpass your goal. Go Baby Go!

Create A Daily Routine

If you have a routine, you’re more likely to stick with it. Be sure to create one that fits easily into your schedule. Finding that time may take some planning, so schedule a few peaceful moments with yourself and a coffee, glass of wine, or your favourite healthy snack, and find places in your calendar where your goals might fit. Don’t forget to commit to the commitment!

Do The Bait & Switch

Sometimes goals are not active, meaning you vow NOT to do something. If that’s the case, your best bet is to schedule something to replace whatever activity you want to avoid. If your goal is to refrain from buying that high-calorie lunch, you’ll need to be thoughtful about not going to your favourite fast food joint or wherever else the temptation lurks. Instead, do something positive to counter the temptation – whether that’s packing a daily lunch, finding a convenient ‘healthier’ restaurant or sticking to a once-a-week treat.

Make A Plan

If you have goals, you need to plan how to achieve them, and that takes thinking about the reasons behind the goal and creating steps you can easily follow. Resolving to save money this year? That’s a wonderful goal for many of us, but it’s lofty. Think about why you want to save, how much per month, and how you’ll go about it, whether that’s by creating a budget, leaving credit cards at home, or using cash only.

Get Support

Never underestimate the power of the people around you. If you’ve got resolutions to keep, talk about them! By sharing your goals with those who love and support you, you’re asking for help to stay the course. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you’re up to this year. Not only will they help pick you up when you’re down, but they’ll cheer for you along the way. This year, make it about understanding WHY you want something, and then ensure it’s do-able for YOU! 

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About the author

Lauren Millman

Lauren Millman is a Professional Certified Coach, Counsellor, Interventionist and Behaviourist, in private practice in Toronto. She writes for business organizations and e-magazines, and is a regularly featured expert on Rogers Daytime and CTV. Lauren is all about keeping it real, and thinking outside the box to help you get-your-happy-on. She's married with three kids, is a self-confessed coffee snob, and believes you can't own too many pairs of shoes.

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