Committing to a New Year’s Resolution

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

New Year’s resolutions often follow periods of indulgence and schedule changes. Making a commitment to a resolution for long-term change can be a difficult goal to achieve. Research has shown that less than 10% of people successfully stick to their resolutions past the month of January. For most of us, a new year means new adventures and opportunities to better ourselves.  So why can’t we seem to make our resolutions last?

New Year’s resolutions are just like any other goal; they take persistence, timing and planning to actually start showing results. Instead of believing there’s a set path to success, understand that a few simple tips are all you might need to help stick with resolutions come mid-January.

Sometimes we may get overly optimistic for the New Year and start making resolutions that are just unrealistic. Always weigh whether your resolutions are actually attainable for the type of person you truly are.

With dieting and weight loss at the top of most people’s resolution list, never be afraid of jumping back into achieving your resolutions just because you gave up at some point. Reaching success may require trial and error. Change is a process.

Combining similar resolutions is also another effective tip. When it comes to resolutions at the work place, combine goals like increasing profits while decreasing work stress into a category such as “overall professional health”. By keeping goals linked together, reaching success might seem easier to achieve.

Resolutions are not always easy to keep in focus. Take the time to plan and understand what it’s going to take to push through to success in the New Year.

Kelly D. Scott
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results