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Resolutions, Promises and Targets: How to Succeed in Achieving your Goals?

Updated on December 26, 2018
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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

New year resolutions, made to be broken
New year resolutions, made to be broken | Source

Resolutions and promises : Why to make them, if we can’t keep them?

Are you one of those, who enthusiastically, makes resolutions and promises, on every new year eve. But within a week or fortnight, all the excitement and enthusiasm is gone and lost.

Making some resolutions enthusiastically, on the eve of the new year, is a common practice. But it is observed that generally, by the 15th of January, life becomes just as usual, as it was fifteen days back.

The question is, why do we make resolutions, if we can not keep them?

In other words, we break our resolunions, so easily and so soon. There can be many reasons for this.

First of all, let us have a look, at some common resolutions for the new year, which generally people promise to themselves.

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

----Goran Persson

Some common New Year Resolutions are listed below.

  1. I will get up early in the morning. No late nights!
  2. Early to bed, and early to rise, will make me healthy, wealthy, and wise. Sounds so motivating!
  3. I will go for the morning and the evening walks everyday, without fail.
  4. I will shed all those extra pounds, by doing the proper exercises. I will definitely follow, a healthy and positive lifestyle.
  5. I will keep my bookshelf, wardrobe, study table, office, kitchen etc. etc. always clean and tidy.
  6. I will always reach my office in time. No more excuses, of getting stuck up in the traffic.
  7. I will try to do away, with all the negative thoughts of the past and sincerely work to achieve a happy and promising future.
  8. Quit smoking or quit anything addictive.
  9. I will be nice and would not indulge in arguments, with my husband/ wife, boyfriend/ girlfriend, boss, friends/ family and so on.
  10. I will eat healthy and snack with apple/ other fruits, rather than ice cream, Nuts instead of oily snacks etc.

Create mini achievable goals
Create mini achievable goals | Source

Why do we make new year resolutions, if we ultimately break them?

  • Over enthusiasm and over commitment, can be one of the reasons, why most of the people break their resolutions so easily and so soon.
  • The problem to remain motivated, for a longer time.
  • People who make resolutions are not answerable and accountable to anyone.
  • Any task without a target, within a specified time, loses it’s purpose and the sincerity of the participants.

If it so happens, what can be done to achieve the new year resolutions and turn them into successful endeavors?

A new beginning to success!
A new beginning to success! | Source

How to remain motivated and stick to your resolutions?

  1. Make practical resolutions, which can be easily followed and achieved.
  2. Do not make more than one or two resolutions, and stick to them.
  3. Give prior thought, about whether you would be able to give your 100% for the success of your resolution.
  4. It is helpful, if you share your goal with a friend or a family member. So that, if any one falters, the other person can motivate or remind, for continuation of the resolution.
  5. Always keep in mind, 'why' you have taken up the resolution and the 'end' result.
  6. Do not lose heart with small slips and misses. Concentrate on the goal.
  7. Remain motivated, by trying new creative ideas.
  8. Set targets and note your achievements in writing. You can keep a small notebook or something handy, to help you as a reminder.
  9. Every small achievement, should be appreciated. Keep yourself surrounded by people, who can appreciate your efforts genuinely.
  10. Remember, that every success, starts with baby steps. Keep up your hard work and patience.


How to keep your new year resolutions, source: YouTube

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

------Helen Keller

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

-----Ralph Waldo Emerson

To Sum Up:

I have seen some people, who kept their resolutions and achieved success, in their resolve. So, what different did they do?

They broke their goal into smaller achievable steps, and then they rewarded themselves, when they achieved success in one of them.

.They also shared their new year resolutions, with their family and friends.

They focused on the benefits of their success, and noted their progress, in a diary.

You can not imagine, how motivating it is, to see the progress day by day, if you are noting it down.

Therefore, go ahead and make some realistic, practical and sincere resolutions and stick to them.


Do you make New Year Resolutions and follow them sincerely?

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Beautiful video about Resolutions, source: You tube

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mary, for reading and commenting on this article.

      Your suggestion about making resolutions on one’s Birthday, seems interesting and worth trying. You are right about creating one item daily. One step at a time, leads to successful completion of the targets.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts. Much appreciated!

      Have a good day!

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 weeks ago from Brazil

      I tend to make my resolutions on my birthday. It is my new year. I like to use a method called, 'don't break the chain' used or devised by Jerry Seinfeld.

      In my design work, I try and create at least one new item daily. Even if it isn't as much as I had hoped for, it is still a small step forward.

      You're right, small actionable steps are easier to get through and continue with. Great ideas.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Perspycacious, for your visit and comments!

      I agree with your views. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      Perspycacious 

      7 weeks ago

      A good resolution might be to forgive yourself when necessary, and be good to yourself. (It's in your best interest.(

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Namaste Deborah Demander!

      Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad to know that this article has inspired you to achieve your set goal. My best wishes to you for achieving your goal. 5 pounds is achievable and with your determination, you may achieve more. I always tell my children to set a target and time first. Gradually, when we see improvements and nearing our target, it motivates us, even further. Maintaining a diary of the progress, helps a lot.

      Many thanks and my best wishes to you for your success!

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      Deborah Demander 

      2 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I love this article. It has inspired me to start over on my goal to lose weight. Only now, I'm setting a specific, achievable number (five pounds) and a date, March 28, 2019. That's one month away, and seems like a realistic goal.

      Thanks so much for inspiring me!

      Namaste

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Dianna for appreciating this article!

      Well, some resolutions are hard to keep and getting up early is one of them. Besides that maintaining the exercise routine is also a difficult one.

      Thank You so much for reading and commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      16 months ago

      Well, right off the first resolution you listed I've violated so many times. I do need to practice this goal each day for my well being. Getting to bed early would really benefit me over time. You did an excellent job writing on this topic.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Perspycacious, for stopping by!

      I am so glad that my hub is the first one to get your positive comments in keeping with your New Year Resolution.

      Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year . Happy Hubbing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Yes you are right this hub was written last year. I usually avoid writing seasonal hubs but I am glad this one received consistent traffic throughout the year. That may be because people make resolutions not only on New year but throughout their life and try to succeed in them. . But it is this time of the year that it is discussed more than any other time.

      I am glad you found the guidelines useful. Thank you and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My redsolution (starting now, before the new year) is to skim mroe Hubs and leave more comments. You just got the first of those.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Chitrangada, I realise that this hub was written a year ago but with another New Year approaching it is once again relevant. I sometimes set myself one or two resolutions for the year ahead but not usually too outrageous and definitely doable. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not, but you give good guidelines here to make them achievable. Well done.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's the right thing to do! We know our capabilities better than anyone else. Therefore its better to be realistic when making resolutions.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comments!

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      Paula 

      3 years ago

      I am not making any promise unless I am absolutely sure I can keep it, and every time I make a New Year Eve resolution I am putting all the efforts into making it come true.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for your kind visit and comments!

      That is a very courageous resolution, because its slightly difficult to move out of our comfort zones. Wish you all the best!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have not made a resolution until this year, and it is still being done. Mine is to get out of my comfort zone and take more chances.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I agree with your views. Glad you liked the hub.

      Thanks for the follow as well!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, the thing is that when we make them, we really intend to keep them, then after many years, we learn that resolutions don't work. I like your perspective and I'm adopting the quote from Goran Persson. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Cynthia, for your lovely comment! Appreciate your kind visit and thanks for congratulating me on my 100th hub!

      It has been a fulfilling journey so far and I want to thank each one of helpful hubbers, such as you for their constant support.

      Your New Year Resolutions are so interesting and I am sure you will achieve success in all of them.

      Honestly I am getting inspired by your resolve. Wish you all the best and a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      Wish you all the best for achieving your resolutions.

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      Cynthia 

      4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I also wanted to congratulate you on completing 100 hubs! All the best in 2015! ~Cynthia

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      Cynthia 

      4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I appreciate you, dear ChitrangadaSharan, for your positive and loving approach in anything I read that you have written. I always have a pile of hopeful thoughts as I enter a New Year, but I'm not sure that many of them reach the "resolution" stage. This year I would like to learn to knit socks so that it becomes second nature and I can stream off dozens of pairs for my granddaughters, I want to read and review 100 books (my husband has done that before), and I would like to write a hub a week, minimum, something that so far has been quite daunting for me. Those are only 3 of many... so, perhaps you are right, it is a better idea just to focus on one until it is achieved? Voted up, interesting and shared! ~Cynthia

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have made resolutions already and i am sure i can achieve them

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Prasetio30, for visiting and commenting.

      I am glad you liked this hub.

      Wish you a very happy, successful and prosperous 2015!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Perspycacious, for your kind visit and comments!

      Your resolution for the new year is so appropriate and I think we all should strive to better ourselves and stand up for 'what is right'.

      Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt, for visiting and commenting on this hub!

      May you succeed in achieving your goals in the new year. Feeling inspired by your resolve.

      Thanks for the vote up, share and a very happy and prosperous new year to you.

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      prasetio30 

      4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great hub and I love new year resolution. I hope 2015 is the best year for us.....amen. Happy New Year to you!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I resolve to be a better person, at least a somewhat better writer, and to not hesitate to stand up for what I believe and promote those beliefs when I have any opportunity.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have two goals or resolutions: To finish writing my book about singing - To spend more time with family.

      Sharing your hub with others and voted up. Happy New Year my friend!

      Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      Wish you a very happy and successful new year!

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i think i will start making my new year resolutions this time

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dianna, for reading and commenting!

      Setting goals makes them much more achievable. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I used to make resolutions years ago but find setting goals for myself is better. I think some people will benefit from setting the common goals you mention here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and comments!

      I agree, the resolutions should be realistic and with a strong determination they can be achieved also.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      I do make New Year resolutions and do my best to keep them up. Setting realistic goals will help us follow up with our New Year resolutions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your kind comments!

      I think its an individual choice and it has become a certain kind of tradition. Some are good at sticking to it, while others leave in the middle.

      Appreciate your thoughts and continued support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MHiggins, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Yes resolutions are like good habits, which need determination and some amount of effort to keep.

      Thanks for your valuable comment and votes up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you manatita44, for your kind comments!

      You are right that we must appreciate those who are able to keep their resolutions for the whole year. Needs a very strong determination indeed.

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your valuable comments!

      I can see that in your hubs. One day at a time is most sensible. Thanks for your support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for your kind visit and comments!

      Same here! I also plan one day or one week at a time.

      Thanks for your continued support!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I haven't made any New Years' Resolutions. Some people think they will follow through it is all in the mind. One chooses to have a certain kind of lifestyle and they stick to it. Interesting about these habits,

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      Michael Higgins 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! Most of my resolutions are just new habits that I need to put into practice. Like many, I keep very few of them unless I place reminders all over the place! Enjoyed reading this and voted up!

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      I agree with Bill. In many ways, each moment could be my last. I pursue love in all its goodness daily.

      Still, I appreciate all who try for the New Year. Everything helps. Much love and blessings from the One. Om Shanti!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't make them, but rather I try to change my behavior for the entire year, and I reflect at the end of each day regarding my behavior. In a way, I make a New Year's resolution each night. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This was very enlightening. I do not make New Year's resolutions but rather smaller ones throughout the year. So this article was helpful for that. Great article.

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