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How to Make and Keep Your New Year Resolutions

Updated on May 4, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Easier Said than Done

With the seriousness of a pledge made with Scouts (or Girl Guides) honour, many persons end the old year by making well-meaning resolutions about how they will:

1. Break certain old habits.

2. Adapt new good habits.

3. Do something new or differently.

4. Do more or less of something.

With the good feelings and festiveness of the Christmas season, they feel invincible and able to accomplish anything!

However, as the days in the New Year move farther away from January 1st, those New Year resolutions seem impossible to accomplish as they settle back into the doldrums of life, living and its often tiresome routines.

Making Your New Year Resolutions

Starting off on the ‘right foot’ is the key to making a good, solid and accomplishable New Year resolution. In order to do this, it is important to remember two (2) things:

1.Less is more sometimes: In other words, don’t get carried away making too many New Year resolutions. It is better to make one (1) New Year resolution that you will stick with throughout the year, than three (3) or four (4) New Year resolutions, none of which you will come close to accomplishing.

2.Go for the low hanging fruits first: In other words, start with one (1) or two (2) resolutions that are both manageable and realistic. For example, if you currently smoke six (6) packs of cigarettes per day, then don’t make a New Year resolution that states, “I will quit smoking this year!” A better New Year resolution would be to reduce your smoking from six (6) packs a day to four (4) or five (5) packs a day.

Now that’s both manageable and realistic because:

a.You will more likely be able to succeed at leaving of a pack or 2 of cigarettes a day than all six (6) packs.

b.You won’t be experiencing drastic withdrawal symptoms because of moving from six (6) packs to zero packs per day and be tempted to just fold in on your New Year resolution.

Then once you’re comfortably down to 4 or 5 packs a day, you can give yourself a bigger challenge later in the year or next year by leaving off another pack or 2. So you’ll be down to about three (3) packs per day and now you’re half way through to your ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

See how easy it is when you make a good New Year resolution; one that’s both manageable and realistic?

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Keeping Your New Year Resolutions

It’s easy to make New Year resolutions but keeping them is the hard part!

Many people fail at keeping their New Year resolutions, not because they are not good resolutions but, because those resolutions are so drastically removed from their everyday HABITS that they become impossible to accomplish. Let me explain.

If, for example, you haven’t been exercising at all, then you make a New Year resolution that states, “I will tone my midriff/stomach in the New Year!” you cannot immediately move to being able to do 100 sit ups a day. You’ll be lucky if you complete 10 sit ups on your first day.

So in order to ensure that you succeed in keeping your New Year resolutions this year, here are two (2) very useful and important guidelines:

1.Be persistent! You have to keep doing what you resolved to do until it becomes a habit, even when you are not initially seeing results. Remember, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins”. So being persistent is the best way to ensure that you win this year with your New Year resolution!

2.Be consistent! If you committed to carrying out certain tasks related to keeping your New Year resolution daily, weekly, every other day or whatever other period, then make sure you keep doing it every time. Even if you miss a few times, the important thing is to start up again doing it consistently until it becomes a habit. Remember, “Temporary defeat is not permanent failure”. Just because you missed the mark a few times doesn’t mean you have totally failed at keeping your New Year Resolution. Just start again and keep going.

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    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @smine27: Then I wish you success in finishing and publishing your book, smine27. Happy New Year!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      My hope is to finish and publish a book.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @The_Kelster: Glad you found this lens useful, The_Kelster. Congratulations on your graduation and Happy New Year!

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      The_Kelster 

      4 years ago

      Well, I just graduated college, so my hope for the new year is to use that knowledge to help others. Inspiring and helpful lens! Happy New Year! :)

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks getmoreinfo! I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      getmoreinfo 

      4 years ago

      This is really useful information and I agree with the things you have mentioned to bring hope into the new year.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @takkhisa: Bringing happiness to others is a really selfless and precious gift, takkhis. I hope that you realize your desire to make your family members and girlfriend happier than ever in 2014 and beyind. I also wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Takkhis 

      4 years ago

      My hope for the New Year is I want to make my all family members and Gf happy more than ever :)

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @sousababy: Not being able to say 'no', at least sometimes, is a definite time stealer. sousababy I wish you perfect health, happiness and prosperity in 2014 and I look forward to seeing you on Squidoo in 2014. I appreciated your continuous support during 2013. I also hope that God will grant you the wisdom to know when to say 'no', so that you can enjoy more quality time with friends and family. Happy New Year! (well in advance) :))

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      I hope I can learn to say "no" to those extra obligations that seem to crop up and enjoy more time with friends and family.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Papatoo LM: Great hope for the New Year, Papatoo. I hope the New Year is indeed better for you than this year. Happy holidays!

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      Papatoo LM 

      4 years ago

      to have an extremely successful one that will be better then this one

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