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Setting Realistic Resolutions for Greater Success

Updated on January 14, 2020
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Linda earned her master's degree in counseling & psychological services. She writes on many genres including personal stories from her life.

New Year's Resolutions


New Year's Goals or Resolutions

Every year as the new year rolls around, we start thinking and planning out what we need to work on or change, to better ourselves. The resolutions are charted out with such pride and genuine belief that we will succeed. Most of us are motivated at the onset of our new life changes but this tends to fade quickly. I recently heard that most people give up or quit their resolutions within one short month. There has to be a good reason why most people don't succeed with the goals they set for themselves.

Definition of New Years's Resolution

According to Wikipedia, a New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year's Day.

How to Set Realistic Goals and Resolutions

I've been working at this new year's resolution for quite a while now and I know what has worked for me and what hasn't. Here are some suggestions that may help you avoid giving up on your 2012 resolutions:

  • Set realistic goals that can help you be more successful
  • If one of your goals is about working out, be specific about which days you'll work out and make sure it fits with your life's schedule.
  • If your trying to lose some weight in the new year, focus more on how much healthier you can be, instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale.
  • Don't tell the world what your resolutions are as I've learned from experience that it creates pressure which can lead to failure which can lead to feeling depressed and embarrassed. Your close family members will most likely figure out some of your resolutions/goals which will hopefully help and not hinder your progress. In short, Love yourself enough to know that your making these changes for yourself and telling everyone about it may hinder you.
  • If your cutting out certain foods or sweets, don't be a black and white thinker. It's fine to have a little treat once in a while and this shouldn't cause you to give up. Cutting out certain foods is a lifestyle change and choosing foods that are on your list of things to cut down on, means just that. You can cut down without giving it up completely.
  • Pamper yourself as your working towards making positive changes. Maybe a spa day if you have the extra cash or do something inexpensive and simple, like taking a bubble bath. These simple rewards can help motivate you as you accomplish goals during your journey. I try to get a massage once a month as it's something I find relaxing and rejuvenating.
  • If one of your goals is to drink more water, go out and buy a fun water bottle. I know it sounds simple but it's helped motivate me to drink the recommended 64 ounces of water a day. I bought my fun bottle at Caribou Coffee of all places. It has a nice, spill free top on it so I can lug it anywhere and not worry about where I store it. You can buy cool bottles pretty much everywhere these days. Anywhere from gas stations to big outlet stores like Target and even grocery stores.
  • If healthy eating is on your list this year, be prepared. Make sure to buy and stock healthy foods you need, so you don't go for the junk food. I even bag my meats so I know it's the right serving on the Weight Watchers program.
  • If working out is part of your goals this year, know what exercise you enjoy. I learned that power walking is something I stick to because I genuinely enjoy it. If weather permits, I prefer walking outdoors. If weather doesn't permit, I jump on my treadmill with headphones. Research has shown that people will stick to an exercise routine more consistently when it's something they enjoy and not an exercise they have to talk themselves into.
  • If your trying to quit a bad habit like smoking, think about joining a support group to help you stay motivated and on track. These days, you can even find support, online.

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Conclusion on How to Make Realistic Resolutions

No matter what your new year resolutions are, make sure to give yourself permission to make fun choices now and then. This makes your goals easier to stick to because you know it's a lifestyle change and not a death sentence for no more fun. For those of you that have decided to make changes in your life, good luck and I wish you a happy, healthy new year.

Sincerely, Linda Rogers

© 2012 Linda Rogers


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  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Great to see a new face on one of hubs. Ya, why make resolutions if your not serious about sticking to them. I think less is better as it's more realistic.

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    9 years ago from Singapore

    You have created a hub on a very nice topic and most importantly the resolutions need to be realistic. There is no point in making a resolution if we don't have the sincerity to actually stick to it.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    It's a great idea to do an exercise that you like and be that way you tend to be more consistent. Biking is a great and fun exercise. Good luck to you too :-)

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    9 years ago from the beautiful south

    I only made them in my subconscious and I do plan to stick with it. I have my bike fixed and ready to go and even if it is a slow go by summers end I plan to be riding like a kid again. Sometimes I think pushing that blood through is what keeps the arteries clean!

    Good luck with yours.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    I actually think that working on resolutions throughout the year is smart. Less pressure and probably better results.

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    Cathy Nerujen 

    9 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    I know a lot of people who don't bother with resolutions in the new year, but they try to have them all year long, like constant goals. That's not to say they achieve them. LOL.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    9 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, great hub all filled with good ideas,information and advice to help motivate all who make New Year Resolution .

    Vote up !!!

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Deborah-Ya-I always have the weight loss one too and the exercise. I struggle more with the weight loss one and choosing healthier foods. Happy New Year Deborah and let's not put too much pressure on ourselves. :-0

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Ok, b.Malin-You just made me smile so big with your resolution that's come true. Way to go! You give me hope :)

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    My on going goal is losing weight.. LOL... more exercise..reading more and writing more.. being more organize.. Thanks for a great HUB.

    I voted up


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    b. Malin 

    9 years ago

    Good Timely advice for the New Year Minnetonka Twin. I always say I'm going to improve "This" or "That"...and sometimes "This" is accomplished and "That" goes towards another New Year! Seriously, my goal was to find a place in Sunny Florida to run to, and Lover Man and I did...Now the work begins!

    A Very Happy, Healthy 2012 to you and yours my Friend.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    I totally agree with you Debby. I think you have much better success if you cut down on the goals. I think one big goal is much better than a bunch of little ones. I've learned with time that one or two is workable but more than that is asking for failure :-)

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    Debby Bruck 

    9 years ago

    Hi Linda ~ Great follow up on my own New Year Resolution hubpages. I also encourage people who can handle the pressure to be as specific as possible for what they will accomplish. I also think the best way to begin is with just ONE simple thing. Even that one thing may be so difficult, but at least we can focus and concentrate on achievement with daily action. Blessings, Debby

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi PenMePretty-Ya,it does make you want to get on track but it's another thing altogether, to really do it. I should know. LOL :-0 Here's to Trying in the new year.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Theseus-It's great to see you. Happy New Year Hub Friend.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Happy New Year Movie Master and thanks for reading my hub. Here's to a Happy and Healthy, 2012.

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    9 years ago from Franklin

    Your hub makes ya want to get back on track!!! Great!

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    9 years ago from philippines

    I definitely agree.

    It's no use making new year's resolutions if one does not have the drive and discipline to do them.Walk the talk, so they say.

    Thank you for sharing.. God bless.

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    Movie Master 

    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    A great hub and great ideas, keeping motivated and setting achiveable goals certainly helps - I love the idea of the fun bottle for drinking more water, that's a definite for me!

    Thank you for sharing and voted up.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    always exploring-I too like walking outdoors the most but when I get on my treadmill, I try to make it fun by using headphones and turning on a t.v. to look at. Again, you have to make it enjoyable or it wont last long.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Spirit-Ya, my ideas come from years of blowing it. I just keep it simple now.

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Right on Frog-You make a lot of sense. I like that you do it daily without the pressure. Happy New Year :-)

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Gypsy-Glad your feeling motivated but don't be hard on yourself and keep your goals real :-)

  • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Audrey-Ya, I usually do the classic resolutions: exercise and eat healthier. The older I get, the more I realize that you have to be gentle with yourself and realistic, if your attempting New Year changes.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    9 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Very good advice. The most difficult for me is staying motivated to walk on my treadmill..Thank you for sharing...

  • Spirit Whisperer profile image

    Xavier Nathan 

    9 years ago from Isle of Man

    Good sound advice and suggestions on how to avoid self sabotage. Thank you.

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    The Frog Prince 

    9 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Since I don't make any I don't have to feel guilty about not resolving to keep the impossible. My success is worked on, usually on a daily basis, by myself. I have the power of making my life what it is. Works for me.

    The Frog

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    9 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    Great hub and great ideas! Gotta get motivated that's for sure.

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    Audrey Howitt 

    9 years ago from California

    I think I probably have a similar list of changes for this year to that of many--lose weight, exercise more, etc--I think your suggestion of realistic goals is key--at least it seems to be for me--great hub!


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