New Years Resolutions

With the new year upon us, many people are beginning to think about new years resolutions again. If you are like me, you will also be reminded of previous years resolutions that did not go so well. This is so common that for many people, hearing about new years resolutions is synonymous with a pipe dream. Everyone makes these resolutions with good intentions, so why not set yourself up to follow through with these goals?

2013 New Years Resolutions
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First we must examine why many New Years Resolutions fail. This can be broken down into a few different reasons. One, many new years resolutions fail because there is no definable endpoint, or specific goals. You may want to get into better shape, but what does this really entail? What is your definition of better? Two, people either don't start at all or go all out at first and give up. These are supposed to be resolutions for the entire year, which is a long time. It is hard to plan something with an endpoint in a year if there are no checkups along the way. Finally, many resolutions fail because what sounds like a good idea at the time never had the right passion to go behind it.


What can be done to correct these problems?


  • Set specific, definable goals. Instead of trying to get into better shape, try to run for X length of time, or do X number of reps on a machine, or lose X number of pounds.

  • Set a time line for completing these goals with checkpoints. Instead of reevaluating these goals next year, you can view your progress as monthly installments and motivate yourself more often. It may be helpful to write blog posts, a calendar, or use some other sort of tool to hold yourself accountable.

  • Set resolutions that you want to follow through on. The classic resolutions of being a better person or getting in shape sound great, but are you really motivated to do this? Think about what has stopped you from doing these things in the past, has anything changed. If you previously could not achieve something, odds are you need to change your approach or you will be setting yourself up for disappointment again, and that is not going to help anyone achieve anything.


New Years Resolutions can be a great tool when taken seriously, but at the same time you need to remember that you are in control and if you want to change something about yourself, you need to just go out there and do it. These are not fool proof methods without work but with proper planning and motivation, there is no reason that you cannot be successful with your resolutions, no matter what they may be.