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How to Make New Year Resolutions and Keep Them

Updated on November 27, 2009
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Joey Adams must have had a savvy understanding of the effort people put in New Year's resolutions when he stated ''May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions''. Yet, the anonymous person that stated  ''A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other'' must have had his own experiences as well. If you have a hard time keeping your New year's resolution, get comfortable, as you are in great company. But what to do when your resolutions seem to go down the drain?

If you lack enough determination and feel your will weakening as the days go by, rest assured that indeed your resolution will sink as an old battleship. Your inner strength may not be able to counterbalance the temptation to call it quits and sooner than later your resolution will be only a memory of the past. It is statistically proved that resolutions are short lived, according to a study conducted in 2007, indeed 52% of participants were eager to commit but then a year later, only a mere 12%achieved their goal. Not much encouraging isn't it?

If you find yourself struggling however, help may be on the way. A good place to start is to make a resolution to keep your New Year's resolution. Too hard to commit? Then help is on the way, courtesy of several websites offering moral support and a place to retreat to when your determination is giving in.

Mygoals.com

Then name says it all, this website will help you stay on track with your goals helping you achieve success. How does it work? You start off by visiting the home page and then selecting a category under which your goal fits. A page with subcategories opens up. You select therefore a subcategory. You are then offered to create a custom made plan or create you own. The biggest advantage of this website is that it offers solutions to all the obstacles you are likely to encounter.

For instance, if you select the goal of losing 10 pounds, you may likely feel one day like if you lack the will power to continue. The website counteracts this negative attitude by giving you task such as ''Eat six servings of fruits & vegetables each day'' or ''Distract yourself from food when cravings strike''. You may also read some encouraging notes and get reminder e-mails.

-Joe'sgoals.com

This website is so easy to use that any average Joe may get a hang of it. It is a quite simple application that is 100% free to use and best of all, does not require to be downloaded. This powerful tool aims to allow you to track your goals and mark your success. It also will track your mishaps and give you an average score of how you are doing. You can set a variety of goals and you may share and post your score badge on your personal blog Myspace website. Adding tasks and keeping track of them has never been that easy!

Fitday.com

With obesity being a major problem in the States, countless people have losing weight as their top priority this year. If the idea of losing weight already makes you feel hopeless, Fitday.com may lend a helping hand in counting calories, carbs and fat for you. This successful website currently has more than 4.5 million members. Interested in starting a journal on your success and keep your hopes high? You can take a tour and see if Fitday.com may work for you. Looking for moral support or enlightenment? Read the long list of success stories!

Facebook

Social networking can really help you attain your goal with the bonus encouragement of family and friends. You start off by officially writing your resolution on New Year's day asking your friends to help support you. Then as a journal you will write everyday how you feel and the goals you achieve. Your friends will stick by and some may even join you in the effort if they share your goal for mutual encouragement.

It is a true fact that it is much easier to reach a goal if you let others know about it. Nobody likes to fail especially if everybody else will know. If you have lots of Facebook friends it will be much harder to call it quits and declare a loss than if you keep your goal to yourself. Rejoicing your success and sharing it with others will boost your will and set the grounds for success.

As seen, you have a multitude of online resources to help you attain your goals, all you need now is to choose one that matches your style and that offers an easy to use interface. Keeping your resolution has never been easier, simply, keep track of your goals, share your success stories and enjoy a new you as you never did before!

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    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great ideas here!

    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      goal setting definitely helps

    • RGraf profile image

      Rebecca Graf 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great tips and resources. I am pretty good about setting goals and following them until life steps in :)

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