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How to make New Year's Resolutions Stick

Updated on February 5, 2013
Me (in the pink shirt) at a group photo show where some of my photos were featured. This was one of my previous resolutions I made for myself.
Me (in the pink shirt) at a group photo show where some of my photos were featured. This was one of my previous resolutions I made for myself.

Why I am Writing This

A couple of hubbers have been really encouraging and told me even personal hubs will be read, and that I should just write and all will come. So here I am! Every year I'm sure many of you make resolutions and a few months in, it has been forgotten. I'm victim to this too, but through trial and error, I've managed to make a few resolutions stick. Here are some you can try out:

Don't Make All Your Resolutions At Once

Yes, it sounds silly, but what would be the point of a New Year's resolution if you DON'T make them during the new year? In a lot of cases, people don't stick with the goals they made because they get overwhelmed by so many that they just give up. Feel free to make a list, and then stagger the resolutions a few at a time. Think about which ones you think are the easiest, and work toward the bigger ones. That way, it'll help propel you forward to accomplishing more of your resolutions.

The S.M.A.R.T Method

This is a really common method for people (at anytime of the year, in fact) to start a resolution or goal, and making sure they see it through. S.M.A.R.T. (from author Paul J. Meyer) stands for

Specific - Your resolution should answer questions regarding who, what, where, when, which why. For example, if you state your resolution as 'Eat healthier', it is not as specific as 'I want to cut out preservatives from my diet'

Measurable - You should try to write down a way of how you know when your resolution is reached. For example, instead of saying 'I want to cut out all preservatives', you can say 'I will cut out one type of preservative in my diet one week at a time until they are all eliminated'.

Attainable - Once you have a resolution in mind, you need to make sure you write down some steps and way to be able to achieve it. For example, to eliminate preservatives from your diet, you can start out by reading ingredients in foods at your local supermarket and go from there.

Relevant/Realistic - A resolution isn't going to work if it is not important to you. If not, you are not going to be willing or have the ability to make it work. That is, if you didn't want it in the first place, why would you put the work into it?

Time Bound - When do you want to achieve this resolution by? If you want this to be ongoing, set little goals with time spans to ensure you have some sort of timeline. Setting short term goals within long term goals also helps you go keep track of your progress and to make yourself more accountable.


Announce Your Resolutions to the World!

Ok, not literally. But telling other people your New Year's resolutions can help keep you accountable. You can blog about it, email it to people, or tell others in person when you see them. Another method to consider is to do goals together with a friend or family member. That way, there is someone to help you out in achieving what you wanted for your resolution. They can encourage you on, and you can do the same with them.

My Resolutions for 2013

They are not in any order, but here they are:

1. Work towards doing current yoga routine to 6 days a week, morning or afternoon. Currently at 4 days a week, and will give my self a month to complete 5 days a week, then move onto 6.

2. I resolve to use all natural facial and body products. I am already using all-natural face and body cream, will give myself a month to move onto shampoo, then other products when my current ones run out.

3. I resolve to eat at least 8 meatless meals a week. Will work on some vegan meals (I'm allergic to dairy and eggs) in a few months

4. I resolve to be a more attentive wife by listening to what my husband has to say. If I have a response to what he has to say when he's talking, I will wait until he's done. If I forget what I wanted to say, then it wasn't important.

5. I resolve to focus more on photography. I will scout out locations and go out twice a week.

6. I resolve to read at least one new book (not hubpages!) a month.

7. I will resolve to build my hubpages account by (finally) getting approved on google adsense, commenting on hubs I like, and writing more hubs.

What are your New Year's Resolutions, if any?


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So many people fail at resolutions. Hopefully your suggestions will help. Well done!

    • sarahshuihan profile image

      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Have your self a great Christmas too!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hello nice to meet you.. welcome to Hub pages.. I love these resolutions.. and I love your advice..Many blessings to you

      Merry Christmas

      I am sharing


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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Sarah, it's time, then, for you to try to contact the HubPages administration. If there's no easy way, I suggest you tweet Simone Haruko Smith, the marketing director, and ask for her input. It took me a relatively short time to be approved, but it was because I had already established adsense via a blog. I'm not sure how long the average waiting time might be. This would be a good question for you to pose with the Hub members.

      Good luck to you!

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks hawaiianodysseus. I know many of my goals have failed in the past, so being more specific has helped me. I tried 3 times so far with adsense, but I guess I just have to keep on writing? If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you to get approved?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Sarah, I wish I'd read your hub before drafting mine. I like the ideas about being specific and the strategy of staggering the goals over a period of time.

      I'm so proud of you. You had the notion, and then you went for it!

      Don't sweat the Google Adsense thing. You'll be approved. Keep on writing. You'rd doing a great job!

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Great! We can do our resolutions together! Have you been approved for Google Adsense yet?

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Well, I have one new resolution...write more hubs and earn more money too. Happy New year !!!