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How to Make the Best New Year's Resolutions

Updated on December 30, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

The Best New Year's Resolutions

Another year has almost passed and many of us will be making New Year's Resolutions for the upcoming year. There are the standard resolutions many people make each year: find a new job, make more money, save more money, lose weight, find a new boyfriend or girlfriend, get organized, or live a healthier lifestyle.

Unfortunately, even though most of us make these New Year's Resolutions with the best of intentions, many of us completely forget about these great ideas by around April if not sooner. So, you may ask, what is the best New Year's Resolution then? Well, this has a very simple answer - the best New Year's Resolutions are the resolutions you can actually keep!

Of course, you are probably already asking the next question. How can you make a New Year's Resolution that you can actually achieve? Well, thanks for asking. I will be happy to share some great ways to make sure you keep your New Year's Resolution this coming year.

Lower Your Standards!

The first step to creating the best New Year's Resolution is to get real. It might be a great resolution to decide you are going to become a player for the NBA, but if you can't even figure out how to dunk a basketball, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. If you've always wanted to be president of the U.S., that is quite a lofty goal. It is a nice ambitious goal, but why don't you get realistic? If you are reading this hub and contemplating becoming president, chances are, you are on the wrong track.

So let's lower your standards! Do you want to lose 20 pounds, but you've been trying and failing at that resolution for 5 years? Obviously, you need to really evaluate your life. How about you set your New Year's Resolution at eating healthier and working out more? While you are achieving that goal, you just might lose some weight. However, if you don't lose the 20 pounds, it won't matter because that wasn't your resolution anyway. That way, you won't sit in the corner and eat an entire chocolate cake and drown your sorrows with a large milkshake from Chick-fil-A. Instead, you will feel good about yourself when you lose 5 pounds and you are feeling healthier.

Create a List!

Instead of just creating a New Year's Resolution this year, how about you create a list on how you will actually achieve this resolution? Many people make a resolution like: I am going to make more money this year. Well, that is really good for you. So how are you going to achieve this awesome feat? You don't have a clue, do you?

So instead of just throwing out some basic, vague idea like making more money, create on list on how you are going to do this. Are you going to get a new job to replace the crummy low-paying one you already have? Are you going to get a second job? Are you going to start selling everything you own? (Hey, if your other resolution is getting your home more organized, you are killing two birds with one stone!) You need to back up your resolution with a list full of ideas on how you will actually make this resolution work for you.

Have Some Fun!

Your New Year's Resolution is your resolution and no one else's! Don't let your friends influence your resolution, unless of course, your resolution is to allow your friend's to influence your decisions more (which, by the way, is a terrible idea). Instead, you need to determine what you really want to achieve for the new year. Maybe you feel like your life is really on track. Perhaps you'd like to do something fun with your life. Not every resolution has to be so serious!

So if you are on track with previous goals, take some time to give yourself a treat. Your New Year's Resolution can be to relax more. You can also decide you'd like to read more books. Create a list of books you'd like to read. Just don't set your goals too high on that one; you don't want to be disappointed if you don't read the 100 books on your list. Instead, a few books you'd like to read this coming year is plenty enough.

Hey, maybe you just want to go to a concert during the new year. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that idea. You could be secretly in love with Miley Cyrus or something. So go ahead and make your New Year's Resolution to see Miley Cyrus in concert this year. I am not here to judge! Who doesn't enjoy that song Wrecking Ball? It is just so catchy!

Closing Thoughts on New Year's Resolutions

I hope this hub has been able to help you make the perfect New Year's Resolution for the upcoming new year. After all, it is your resolution and no one else should bully you into making an impossible resolution. Have a little fun with your New Year's Resolutions! Don't get too stressed if you can't completely fulfill it either. Just try your best and be reasonable.

You may wonder what my New Year's Resolution is for this year. It is to make more hubs on Hubpages, of course! I am hoping to gain 100 more followers and write at least 50 new hubs this upcoming year. If you look at my stats, you will see I am not setting my standards too high. You see, I am following my own advice!

Happy New Year to you! Thanks for reading!

© 2011 Jeannie Marie


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the vote up and for sharing. I pretty much set goals for myself all year long, but I have decided to do the standard "lose weight and eat healthier" resolution this coming year. Sigh... won't take long before I am raiding the vending machine in my apartment building for a midnight snack.

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    Alecia Murphy 

    7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I don't make resolutions but you provide some useful advice for anyone who does. Voted up and shared!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Maybe that is what I need to do from now on - start working on my goals in December so it is not an official resolution. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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    Nicole S Hanson 

    8 years ago from Minnesota

    I, like many other, have set the goal to get healthy. But I set it around mid-December so that I didn't feel like it was a 'resolution' that way I would actually stick with it :) Wonderful hub!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you both for reading and for the comments. Yes, when all else fails, lowering your standards is the best way to go!

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    8 years ago

    I love Lower your standards! That's great advice for me! Thanks

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    8 years ago from Torrance, CA

    Great hub! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That sounds like a good plan. I know what you mean are lowering your standards too much. Maybe my resolution should be to start raising my standards. :-)

    Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    Laura Brown 

    8 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    I've already lowered my standards too far and sunk into procrastination. Now I'm trying to get the background work done so I can work on the stuff people actually see and think of as progress.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for reading and for the comment! Yes, it is all about setting easy goals - 400 followers achieved! Happy New Year to you, too!

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    8 years ago from Sweden

    Hehe. . .Thank you for a fun read!

    Oh, and by the way. . .you'll have to set the goal of 400 followers higher.

    I wish you a Happy New Year!

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    Justin W Price 

    8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    I dunno. I don't usually make them

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That sounds like the perfect New Year's Resolution. Are you going with that one again this year?

  • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

    Justin W Price 

    8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Last year I made a resolution not to make a resolution. it was a self defeating resolution, but it got that sense of failure out of the way quickly.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I am glad you liked it. Who knows? People might actually take my advice on this one!

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    Shasta Matova 

    8 years ago from USA

    A great hub and funny too. Happy New Year to you.


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