how to keep your new year's resolutions

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you ever made New Year’s resolutions and found yourself abandoning them by April? And then you beat yourself up over it, feeling like a huge disappointment? Maybe you set a goal to lose weight, so you committed to eating smaller portions or cutting out carbs.

But come March, you find yourself at an Italian restaurant, indulging in a big plate of pasta fra diablo with friends. You might feel like you’ve completely failed in reaching your goal, and as a result, you give up altogether.

New Year's resolution success is not a black & white thing.

Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions is not cut & dry. It’s not uncompromising. Resolution success depends on a couple of essential factors. 

  1. Establish your long-term goal, then set up your short-term goals.
  2. Think of your path as a ladder with steps.
  3. Mentality. Failures along the way, in reality, only prop you up. They don’t pull you down.
  4. Write down your plan.
  5. Measurement. You must measure your success.
  6. Reward yourself.

Resolutions are goals; let's design them accordingly.

Create your long-term objective, and then figure out what shorter-term goals you need to get there. It’s easy.

Here’s an example:

Say you want to save money. That’s your long term objective (LTO)

Here are some short-term objectives to help you get there:

At present, you spend $800/month on food, and you want to make it $500. So you buy flour instead of bread & make your own (it’s easy.) Take one restaurant night off the calendar and save $75 by cooking a restaurant-style dinner at home. You make your own coffee 4x/week.

Write down your plans & create a chart where you can write down how much you spend.

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Mentality & Resolutions

Resolutions don’t need to be an all-or-nothing game. Every little advancement towards your long-term objective is a win.

Let’s say you resolve to be more successful at work. Your short-term goals are to communicate better with your boss, your team & at meetings. 

Let’s say you discover that the way to be more successful is to focus on being concise. You start preparing a few messages in advance, removing filer words & redundancies. 

Then suddenly, your workmates are attending to you and following your recommendations. (Whereas before, they interrupted you and didn’t seem to care about your ideas.) Whoa! Being concise is a giant step towards being more successful at work!

“But, on the whole, tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.”

— Benjamin Franklin


When your ideas compel people, and they then follow your lead, you get promotions and a salary increase.

Nobody was born an incredible communicator, a charismatic influencer. They worked to get there. It’s the most important thing you can do for yourself. 

Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve your long-term objective of having executive presence or eliminating filler words from your speech. Master each action in the step-by-step process to achieve those long-term objectives. 

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Mastering your New Year’s Resolutions isn’t a straightforward journey—it’s nuanced, adaptable, and within your reach. Success hinges on a few critical elements that can transform your aspirations into achievements.

First and foremost, define your ultimate objective, then break it down into manageable milestones. Picture your progress as a ladder, each step bringing you closer to your destination.

Embrace the right mindset. Setbacks aren’t roadblocks; they’re stepping stones to growth. Every stumble is a chance to learn and improve.

Commit your strategy to paper. Writing down your plan solidifies your commitment and provides a roadmap to follow.

Track your progress diligently. Measurement is key to understanding your success and identifying areas for improvement.

And don’t forget to celebrate your victories, big or small. Rewarding yourself along the way reinforces positive behavior and keeps you motivated.

With these strategies in place, your New Year’s Resolutions will transform from lofty ideals into tangible accomplishments.

Charts, Measurement & Rewards

Let’s say your LTO is to get healthy. So you decide to start eating better, then on January 7, you eat a donut–despair! But it’s not time to throw in the towel. It’s time to measure your successes and try to figure out what precipitated your minor setback.

Create a chart with success on the left side of the page and missteps on the right. You’ll likely notice straightaway that the left side has many more entries. We need to be scientists about this–not emotional creatures! 🙂

Consider the missteps to be teaching tools. Had you starved yourself that day (and, as a result, became an irrational donut-eating monster? Now you know that you have to eat a bit more frequently.

And maybe next time you want a donut, you can promise yourself that you’ll have half & only after a handful of delicious sprouts.

Let me know your tricks for keeping your new year’s resolutions in the comments!

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