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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Stick To

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It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the holiday spirit is in the air, and a new year is approaching. Which means it’s time to make those dreaded New Year’s resolutions again!

You know the ones: you adamantly stick to them for the first ten days of January, but then they fall by the wayside as the year drags on. Well this year is the year you can make a change. New Year’s is the perfect time to commit yourself to a goal you’ve always wanted to accomplish. We’ve got some tips for how to make a New Year’s resolution that you’ll actually stick to!

Make it Something You Actually Want to Do

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This seems obvious, but it’s so important. If you want any success in keeping your New Year’s resolution, it has to be something you actually want to do. If your goal is to get fit in the new year, but you absolutely hate running, don’t make running your New Year’s resolution. Instead, try to find some way to work out that you’ll actually enjoy. For example, you could sign up for a fitness class or start cycling more places. If you pledge to start something that sounds fun, you’re more likely to want to continue it longer.

Check That It’s a Reasonable Goal

If you want to stick to your New Year’s resolution, it also has to be something that you can reasonably accomplish in a year. Instead of vowing to read all of the classics in one year, pick one or two particularly interesting books and pledge to read them. Plan to attend a few knitting classes a week instead of making it your resolution to complete a blanket. Big goals are important, but if you find yourself constantly dropping your New Year’s resolution before the winter is over, it might be best to start off with smaller goals. Once you accomplish those, you’ll feel more able to make larger resolutions next year!

Break it Into Manageable Chunks

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If you do choose to stick with a daunting goal, you have to break it down in order to accomplish the task. You’re much less likely to stick to your goal of completing a novel if you don’t set aside time each night to write 500 words. Look at your calendar for the year and decide how far you want to be in your New Year’s resolution by each week, and then figure out what you’ll have to do each day to accomplish that. Want to make the whole meal next Thanksgiving? Find a couple of cooking classes in your neighborhood and sign up so that you’ll be committed. When you break a large task into smaller, more manageable chunks, it becomes much easier to accomplish.

Get the Right Supplies

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When it comes to completing your New Year’s resolution, you may want to splurge a little bit, if you can afford it. Having new supplies will motivate you to start undertaking your goal. Running a 5k? Getting to put on new sneakers will make running much more desirable. If you want to journal every night, purchase a journal you really love. You could even buy a nice pen to use, solely for the purpose of journaling. This will get you excited to accomplish your goals. It might be just the motivation you need.

Remind Yourself Your Reason for Your New Year’s Resolution

Once the holiday season is over and the stress of work or school picks up again, it can be hard to stick with your goals. Why would you want to add anything more to your already busy schedule? This is why many people drop their New Year’s resolutions. When you start questioning your motives, you have to have a good answer. Why do you want to journal every night? Remind yourself that it’s because you want to be able to look back and remember all of your fond memories from the year. If you keep telling yourself your reason for making your New Year’s resolution, you’ll find it harder to slack off accomplishing it.

Convince a Friend to Join You

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You’re much less likely to shirk off a task if you’ll have to disappoint someone else by not finishing it. Is it your goal to complete a 5k? Find a friend who would be interested in completing one too and make a plan to run together. You can’t stop working towards your goal as easily if you’d be letting your friend down by doing so. Plus, their company can make the task more fun for both of you!

Tell Others Your Resolution

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Likewise, telling others about your New Year’s resolution will hold you more accountable for accomplishing it. If you tell all of your family and friends that you’re going to complete your novel in the new year, they’ll likely ask you about it from time to time. You don’t want to let down your loved ones. This will thus help encourage you to keep at your resolution, even on days when you’d rather slack off.

Reward Yourself Along the Way

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If your New Year’s resolution is a large goal, rewarding the little steps you make can help keep you motivated. Did you train enough to be able to run a mile without stopping? Reward yourself with a bubble bath. Did you journal for two months straight? Reward yourself with a fancy new pen. These little things can help to remind you why you’re working so hard, and give you the motivation to keep working at it. It doesn’t matter how you choose to reward yourself, as long as it inspires you to keep going!

Keeping to your New Year’s resolution is not an easy task, but it all starts with creating one. New Year’s is a chance for a fresh start. Put your mind to creating a New Year’s resolution you actually care about. With our tips, this year will be the year you finally accomplish that resolution!

Have you decided on your New Year’s resolution yet? Let us know in the comments!


  • Mitch

    This is a smart article! It is all about setting yourself up for success. I start with the little steps so that the mountain in front of me is something that is broken down into manageable pieces!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Thank you!

  • Candy Kage

    Making small manageable goals, setting a plan breaking it down piece by piece all sounds extremely doable and achieving any goal.

    • Rebecca Frank

      It does make it much easier. Good luck with achieving your goals, and thanks for reading!

  • Bill S

    I love this!!! So important to make sure the goals are attainable, and not completely out of reach in the long run.

    • Rebecca Frank

      That’s definitely true, thanks for reading!

  • Robin Rue

    Small goals are definitely the right way to make sure you stay on track. I always say baby steps are the way to make anything happen.

    • Rebecca Frank

      Exactly, it really helps! Thanks for reading!

  • My most successful resolution was to be a kinder person – which I made a few years ago. I made it all the way to September before I blew a fuse ;) haha!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Haha, that’s great that you made it so far though! And thanks for reading!

  • Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    I always make unrealistic goals and two years ago stopped making them. lol. But, this year, I am making a goal to get my business off the ground and become debt free. Going to hustle like there is no tomorrow!

    • Rebecca Frank

      That’s awesome, best of luck achieving your goal! And thanks for reading!

  • Emerald

    This is great advice for setting goals and tips that will actually aid you in accomplishing them! Some people just give up on making goals, but if you don’t have any goals…you’ll hit that mark every time. lol!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Haha, exactly! Thanks for reading!

  • Sara

    Great post! I have made a manageable resolution that I hope I can stick to. Last year my resolution lasted about a week. I am hoping for better results this year.

    • Rebecca Frank

      Thank you, good luck achieving your resolution!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips to making a New Years resolution stick. Most people don’t stick to their New Year resolution because they make unreasonable goals. It is so important to make goals you know you can achieve. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • Rebecca Frank

      Exactly! Thanks for reading them!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I agree with you that you need to make reasonable resolutions and have to reward yourself along the way. The rewards, however little they may be, will help motivate you to stay on track!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Exactly, they definitely help! Thanks for reading!

  • Chrissy Mazzocchi

    I really need to make a reasonable goal and resolution this year. I always try to make 3 resolutions and get overwhelmed. Thanks for the tips!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Thanks for reading, and good luck with your resolution!

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    I seem to always have a big goal I set for myself each year, one that is most important to me… (I also have easier more obtainable goals throughout the year as well!) Great tips!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Thank you! And good luck achieving your goals!

  • Dawn Gibson-Thigpen

    i think new years resolutions are important and necessary. setting goals have really helped me.

    • Rebecca Frank

      I totally agree, thanks for reading!

  • This reminds me, I need to start working on my new years resolution.

    • Rebecca Frank

      Thanks for reading, and good luck with your resolution!

  • rika agustini

    Love these suggestions… I am so ready for 2017! I need to start marking a list of goals!

    • Rebecca Frank

      Haha, me too! Good luck with your resolutions and thanks for reading!