New Year’s resolutions: Tips to help you keep them

Gerardo García

One of the most important traditions of the holidays, after celebrating Christmas, is making your new year’s resolutions. It’s a great time to consider new goals, and committing yourself with things that can improve some aspects of your life in the coming year. Oftentimes, they are habits you are looking to incorporate or others that aren’t that beneficial and you want to leave them behind.

How good you are in fulfilling those resolutions is intertwined with your own accountability: your capacity to assume and meet the commitments you make. And let’s be honest, we’ve all failed at keeping our new year’s resolutions at one time or another… Maybe we didn’t turn in a work assignment on time, missed an appointment, said we’d do something and then didn’t, or any other situation where you remember that you didn’t meet your end of the bargain or lived up to other’s expectations.

If it’s a one-time thing, then it’s okay. This only becomes a problem when breaking your promises becomes a habit. So, based on the principle that you want to keep your promises (to yourself and to others), here I propose these simple tips to help you succeed with your new year’s resolutions.

New Year's resolutions

Simple tips to help you succeed with your new year’s resolutions:

  • Be convinced you want to assume each new year’s resolution. If you’re not sure, it’s best to skip that commitment in favor of another more important or attainable one.
  • Start with motivating and easy to achieve new year’s resolutions. Sometimes, people set very complex challenges that are very hard to keep. This will make you lose motivation and you’ll end up quitting, so keep your resolutions simple.
  • Have a clear purpose for each new year’s resolution. Motivation usually isn’t in the promise itself, but in the result you’ll get once you achieve the goal. For example, “exercise more” can be a boring new year’s resolution for someone who doesn’t enjoy physical activity, but if you focus the resolution on achieving a better quality of life, it acquires a different meaning.

New year’s resolutions define your commitment to life… What would you like to achieve this next year?