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How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions in 3 Steps

March 15, 2017 | Posted by Sarah Tonniges

Let’s be honest. Every year, you decide that this will be the year. The year that you actually fulfill that New Year’s Resolution. But here we are, not even three months into the new year, and already most of us have given up.

But let’s remember. There was a reason that you made that resolution in the first place. Whether it was to lose weight or to be more productive, you made the decision to better yourself. You already made the choice. So, here are some tips to help you follow through this year.

1. Be specific and realistic

First of all, make sure your goal is specific. Instead of your goal being “read more” or “lose weight,” set specific goals for yourself. For instance. “read two books a month” or “lose 30 pounds this year.” Not only will you keep yourself accountable, but you will also be able to track your progress accurately.

Your goals should also be realistic. For example, it is unlikely that you will be able to read a book every day. Even if your reading speed is high enough, life is going to get in the way at some point. Instead, make it your goal to read one book every week.

2. Make goals personal

Your goal should be something that is important to you. Even if it’s not the popular thing to do, make sure your goal is something you are passionate about. You will be more likely to actually do it instead of letting your goal fall to the wayside.

For example, I’m passionate about writing. But between school, sports, and life in general, I tend to not write very often. I tell myself that I will find time. Yes, it’s cliché, but you need to make time to do the things you care about. You can’t wait for it to come around, because something else will always get in the way.

3. Hold yourself accountable

It can be so easy to put things off and say that you will do them tomorrow. But before you know it, it’s December, and you still haven’t completed your goal. To prevent this, keep yourself accountable.

Set small, weekly goals that contribute to your larger goal. Keep a journal of everything you do to work towards that goal. It could be as simple as “February 3rd – went for a run” or “March 19- I’ve lost 3 pounds this week.” Looking back at your progress is incredibly encouraging, and can motivate you for the future.

Goals can seem so elusive, but they don’t have to be. By making these simple changes, you will enable yourself to make your goals a reality. Best of luck!

Sarah Tonniges
Hey! I’m Sarah. I’m a seventeen year old girl who is far too creative for her own good. In addition to writing, I love art, sewing and designing costumes. I am currently working on two young adult novels: one fantasy and the other fiction. I hope to be published before graduating from college and earn my living as a full time writer.