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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to think about setting resolutions. But how often have you set ambitious goals on January 1st, only to find them forgotten or abandoned by February? This year, let’s change that narrative. Here’s a practical guide to making your New Year’s resolutions stick.

1. Set Realistic and Clear Goals

  • Be Specific: Vague goals like “lose weight” or “save money” are hard to measure and achieve. Instead, aim for specific targets like “lose 10 pounds” or “save $100 a month.”
  • Be Realistic: Choose goals that are challenging yet achievable. Setting the bar too high can lead to frustration and abandonment.

2. Break It Down

  • Small Steps: Break your goal into smaller, manageable tasks. If your resolution is to run a marathon, start with shorter runs and gradually increase your distance.
  • Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge your progress, no matter how small. This keeps you motivated and on track.

3. Create a Plan

  • Action Steps: Outline the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. If you want to learn a new language, schedule regular practice sessions.
  • Timelines: Set deadlines for your small steps. This helps to keep your resolution a priority and creates a sense of urgency.

4. Track Your Progress

  • Use Tools: Whether it’s a journal, an app, or a calendar, find a tracking method that works for you.
  • Review Regularly: Regularly review your progress. This helps you to stay focused and adjust your plan if needed.

5. Find Accountability

  • Buddy System: Share your resolution with a friend who has similar goals. You can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.
  • Public Declaration: Sometimes, declaring your goal publicly can provide an extra layer of motivation to not let others down.

6. Embrace Setbacks

  • Learn from Failures: Understand that setbacks are part of the journey. Use them as learning experiences to adjust your approach.
  • Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: One slip-up doesn’t mean you have to give up. Forgive yourself and get back on track.

7. Reward Yourself

  • Incentivize Milestones: Set up rewards for reaching certain milestones. If you’ve stuck to your budget for a month, treat yourself to a movie night.
  • Non-Material Rewards: Sometimes, the best rewards are non-material, like a relaxing day or an outing with friends.

8. Stay Flexible

  • Adjust as Needed: Be willing to modify your goals if circumstances change. Flexibility can help sustain your resolution.
  • Keep the End in Mind: Stay focused on the ultimate goal, but be open to changing your methods.

9. Visualize Success

  • Positive Imagery: Regularly visualize yourself achieving your goal. This positive reinforcement can boost your motivation.
  • Vision Boards: Create a vision board to keep your goal visually present in your daily life.

10. Incorporate into Lifestyle

  • Make It a Habit: Aim to integrate the actions towards your resolution into your daily routine.
  • Lifestyle Change: Ultimately, the goal should be to make a sustainable change that enhances your lifestyle.

By following these tips, you can transform your New Year’s resolutions from fleeting wishes to achievable goals.

Remember, the key is persistence, not perfection. Here’s to a year of setting goals and crushing them! 🌟🎉


Gregg P Davis 1926-2024

Gregg was well known as an avid outdoorsman, a passion he developed as a boy who helped provide food during the Depression.

A Fred McCleaf 1923-2024

Mr. McCleaf served in the South Pacific with the United States Navy during World War II. He owned and operated A. Fred McCleaf Plumbing & Heating most of his life.

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