How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

Maggie Maisano, Assistant Editor

With the start of the new year comes new year’s resolutions and whether that be a new diet or a plan for this year it’s always difficult to stay motivated. Over half of all new year’s resolutions fail. The main reason resolutions fail is that they’re based on what society wants you to change, they’re too vague, or you don’t have a realistic plan for your goals. To give yourself the best shot at succeeding, you need to pick goals that are attainable and meaningful to you. Here are eight self-improvement tips to help get you started.


     1. Set goals for yourself

What are some things that you want to achieve? Make a plan and write out the steps you need to take in order to accomplish them. Make sure to pick goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and realistic to ensure your goals are attainable.


      2. Evaluate your progress

Evaluate your progress towards your goals. If you feel like you aren’t moving forward and growing, look into what you think isn’t going according to plan. Adjust what you think is holding you back and achieve your goals.


      3. Celebrate your small achievements

Make sure to celebrate your small achievements too! It’s hard staying motivated to accomplish your goals, but celebrating your small victories will help keep you on track toward accomplishing your goals. 


      4. Eliminate bad habits

Getting rid of bad habits is just as important as starting good habits. Ask yourself what do you do on a regular basis that takes away from you? Look into those bad habits and work towards lessening and eliminating them.


     5. Cut down on your screen time

We often don’t realize how much time we really spend on our technology. Limiting your screen time can be amazing for your physical and mental health. Work on putting the technology away and work towards progress for your other goals. 


     6. Imperfection is okay

Progress toward your goals is not a linear process. Don’t let the small mistakes hold you back from your success. Everybody makes mistakes, just learn to let go of them and work towards your progress.


     7. Stop comparing

Comparing your progress to others not only affects your success but also will eliminate your individual motivation. Focusing on your own progress will help keep you motivated and improve your mindset.


     8. Remember what you’re grateful for

Try to make note of the things that you are grateful for. It will help to give you a more positive mindset and give you the motivation you need to achieve your goals. 


In all, setting self-improvement goals will help you perform your best. It can improve your overall well-being and help you to create the best version of yourself that you can be. I wish you success with your goals and a Happy New Year!