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Christmas comes and goes. New Year’s Eve comes and goes. New Year’s Resolutions come and go. But they shouldn’t. Statistics say that only 8% of the population actually stick with their New Year’s Resolutions. There are several reasons why that 92% are failing but ultimately it would come down to not setting realistic resolutions. So here are some tips and tricks to setting your New Year’s Resolutions and how to stick to them.

Be realistic

Let’s not put anything down like meeting the Pope, the Queen, becoming a millionaire or anything of that nature. Whilst it’s still a possibility that you may achieve them it’s not very realistic. New Year’s Resolutions should be health related goals. This doesn’t just mean physical health but also includes mental health. New Year’s Resolutions such as reading more, talking to more people, exercising and of course the classic diet come to mind. But of course, setting these goals is one thing; sticking to them is another. So here comes the next tip.

Make your resolutions measurable

There’s no point setting a New Year’s Resolution if you’re not going to be able to monitor its progress. The easiest way to do so is to set measurable New Year’s Resolutions. All the resolutions suggested above are easily measurable. If you want to read more set a time goal. This could be reading a book once a week, once a month or whatever time period you want to set it. Speak to X amount of people per day or week. Try making it a full conversation rather than just saying hello. Exercise regimes or diet regimes are easily measurable but are seemingly harder for people to stick with. So here’s my final tip.

Buddy system

It’s not out of the question that you could always ask a friend or make a new friend to go on your New Year’s Resolutions journey with you. Ask a friend if they’d be willing to join you on your New Year’s Resolution quest. Whether it be a new diet, exercise, trying a certain activity, picking up a new hobby, reading, going to see plays. Anything. Having a friend along with you makes the activity all the more enjoyable and will make you more likely to stick to your resolutions. Especially if it’s something like exercising or dieting. If you’re feeling extra daring though you could always try to make a new friend in your new field of interest; making a friend at the gym or maybe a friend at the theatre.

Every year a new journey awaits you and how you take that journey and who you take with you are all entirely up to you. It’s up to you to make the most of it and the opportunities that present themselves to you and to create opportunities for yourself. So Happy New Year and best wishes to you to making 2017 your best year yet.


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