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How to Make a Great New Year's Resolution

Updated on October 14, 2017
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Nancy has over 20 years experience in the administrative support industry. She is an entrepreneur, writer, mother, friend, and DIY'er.

How to Create an Effective New Years Resolution

Making and keeping a resolution are two different things. If we create a resolution effectively, we have a greater chance of keeping the commitment. Here we go:

  1. Choose an area of your life that you have a real desire to change.
  2. Make small goals that are easily accomplished each day.
  3. Make it a priority. In other words, be willing to do the work and put out the energy every day, for as many days as it takes. This is true especially when it comes to changing or letting go of bad habits.
  4. Believe in your ability to succeed. If you do the work, and then focus on your vision of success, you will begin to live the experience of truly creating the lifestyle change you want to make.

A Brand New Year

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Photo shows closeup of western-style Christmas Wreath hung on a window. Snowy fields in the background. | Source

Increase Your Odds of Success in the New Year

A new year’s resolution can be a powerful tool for self-improvement if it is created with intensity of emotion, in a way that clearly defines the goal.

Every year around this time, people begin making resolutions for the new year. They resolve to loose weight, get fit, be a better friend, make a certain amount of money, or even to run a marathon. But how many people actually make a resolution and attain the goal they set for themselves?

Here is some practical advice for making a New Year’s Resolution that you can achieve:

Find Serenity In the New Year

Find a serene place to develop your resolution.The definition of serenity is different for everyone. However, you will be more likely to set and keep your resolution if it is well-defined. The best time and place to define your goal is somewhere free of distractions, at a time when you feel physically refreshed.

Don’t Overwhelm Yourself with Expectation

Sometimes people set goals that are almost impossible to realize. For example, setting a goal of losing 150 pounds in three months. If you have a large goal in mind, break it into chunks. The goal of losing 150 pounds could be broken down into ten-pound increments.

Visualize Yourself Carrying Out the Resolution

When making your New Year's Resolution, visualize what keeping that resolution will look like--not only after you have reached your goal, but along the way as well. See yourself climbing the mountain, or working through that mountain of paperwork. See yourself stepping on the scale and seeing that you have reduced your weight by 5 pounds. Then see yourself stepping on the scale and seeing that you have arrived at your goal weight.

Add Intensity of Emotion

When creating your New Year's Resolution, give yourself the freedom to feel the emotions that reaching your goal will create. Try to carry those emotions with you as you go about working toward your goal. When you combine your determination with intensely visual and vibrant emotion, your odds of success begin to skyrocket.

Write it Down

Write down what you want to accomplish and how you will do it. Be specific. Give yourself a time frame. Break large goals down into small chunks and list each one. List the benefits of accomplishing your goal.

Visit it Every Day

After taking the time to create a well-defined goal or resolution, don't just put it away and forget about it! To keep your goal in the fore-front of your mind, take the time to review it twice a day. Every morning and every night read it out loud. Make adjustments to your plan for reaching your goal. Consider keeping a journal of your progress.

Remember that creating change in yourself requires commitment and effort, but remember too, that it doesn't have to be drudgery. Use the experience as an exercise in self-exploration. Learn about who you were, who you are now, and who you want to be.


Find Your Zen in the New Year

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A creek bed with delicate pink blooming plant peeking out from among the river rock. | Source

Finding Your Inner Zen

When you fix your mind on things that are calming, you leave more of your brain and energy to explore new pathways to reach other goals.

Find an image, a place, or both that will allow you to relax for a few moments. Do this often. Some people find early morning, just after waking, to be the most effective. When you focus on peace and tranquility first, you enter your day with your shields down. Which is the perfect time for allowing new ideas and inspiration to enter into your consciousness.

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When you make a New Year's Resolution, are you able to keep it?

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Find Your Focus in the New Year

Sometimes you can find your own focus by remembering to look up and out at the rest of the world. Beauty and love are all around us. We just forget to look sometimes.
Sometimes you can find your own focus by remembering to look up and out at the rest of the world. Beauty and love are all around us. We just forget to look sometimes. | Source

© 2011 Nancy Owens

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  • Nancy Owens profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy Owens 

    6 years ago from USA

    Thank you for reading, Maxravi!

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    Ravi Singh 

    6 years ago from India

    Nice way to start you resolution.Thanks for t his hub!

  • Nancy Owens profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy Owens 

    6 years ago from USA

    I get it now. Thanks for the clarification. You really nailed it with the word committed. I find that my level of commitment is usually connected to the level of emotion I feel about any task, be it housework or weight loss.

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    Sorry Nancy - I was thinking that we could follow your steps to tweak our goals that meant more to us that we could actually follow. We could break them down into chunks and visit the goal everyday, as you said. If I made my resolutions in a serene moment, and labeled them as goals, I find that those goals I commit to.

    Things that I call resolutions, the ones that everyone else has, like the general goals you listed, I have a harder time following because I am not committed. I don't have the intensity of emotion to visit them every day, or care if I don't meet them.

  • Nancy Owens profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy Owens 

    6 years ago from USA

    Thanks, Millionaire Tips. Do you mean that we should sort of put a new face on an old resolution, or switch to something entirely different?

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    These are great resolutions and advice Nancy. Maybe switching from the old resolutions to something new may make them more followable.

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    OMGirdle 

    6 years ago from United States

    This is good advice. I have yet to meet my own expectations regarding my annual resolutions. January 1st, I'm on target. By January 15th, I've lost the commitment. I'm going to do as you suggest. I'm going to write it down and visit it every day. Thank you for sharing.

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    6 years ago

    This was really helpful. I like the part about creating the goal in a serene environment.

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    Kris Heeter 

    6 years ago from Indiana

    Nancy, these are very useful tips. I think many try to overdo it with a new years resolution - an impossible goal or a goal with no plan - and then they get discouraged when it doesn't happen. You've really nailed it with the last tip: "visit it every day"! Nice hub:)

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