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8 Tips on How to Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

by | Jan 3, 2022 | Uncategorized

Want to make sure you achieve your new year’s resolutions this year? Here are 8 tips that can put you on a path toward a positive 2022!

After a year like 2021, you might be planning to ring in 2022 with a new year’s resolution to be healthier. Maybe you’re planning to quit smoking, exercise more, improve your meditation practice, or make more room for relaxation. Good for you!

Unfortunately, studies after studies show that only 19% of people keep their new years resolution. According to research published in Current Biology, the reason we struggle with resolutions is that our brains are working against us – we are more likely to repeat pleasing, dopamine-inducing activities than we are to repeat those that are actually good for our health.

So, how can we ensure that our brain doesn’t get the best of our goals, and that our will to get healthier sticks around past Valentine’s day? How can you finally achieve your new year resolutions? Here are 8 tips for your new years resolution that can put you on a path toward a positive 2022:


1. Set a Goal Important To You

Your resolution can be dead on arrival if you’re not passionate enough about it. Make sure that the goals you set are important to you, and that you understand its value and benefit for you. It is these two things that will provide the reason and motivation to take action on your resolutions. Keep your resolutions aligned to your goals, priorities, dreams and aspirations, so it would be easier to muster the willpower to pursue them.


2. Limit Resolutions

A common mistake people make when making resolutions is having too many and spreading themselves too thin. As much as we all want to learn 15 different languages, gain 20 new job skills, and kill off 10 unhealthy habits, we are not superheroes. Learn how to prioritize your resolutions by reflecting on your limitations and personal bandwidth. You should focus on your top priorities while balancing it with the attention you know you can give towards your resolutions. Remember, it’s better to pursue one resolution well than multiple resolutions poorly.


3. Be Smart

As healthcare professionals, we already know about SMART goals. This goal setting framework can be applied not only to our care plans for our patients, but also for ourselves.

As a reminder, SMART goals are:

  • Specific – Be as clear as possible about your resolutions. “Quitting smoking” is always better than “being healthy.”
  • Measurable – Quantify your resolution if possible, so you have clear targets. For example, “I will lose 10 pounds by September.”
  • Attainable – Make sure that your goal is doable
  • Relevant – Your resolutions should be aligned with your overall goals and priorities to keep you motivated.
  • Time-bound – Give yourself a time frame to achieve your goals. A deadline will instill urgency and provide time for you to celebrate your success!


4. From Big Goals to Small Steps

The best way to take on big goals is to start small. Small steps help you move forward slowly but surely. Break up your year-long resolution into weekly or monthly goals, and have tasks planned for each month. By breaking your big dream into discrete steps, you will have a better chance of building momentum and accomplishing your resolution by the end of the year. To do this, you can create a list of sub-tasks for your big resolution and prioritize them according to the time each task requires. Always remember to focus on your next steps, not the big goal!


5. Write It Down

Writing down your resolutions helps you clarify what you want to achieve. It forces you to make decisions and be precise. Writing also establishes intention, and having a written account of your yearly goals can be your constant reminder to take action. Documenting your resolution can also be your reminder by the end of the year on how far you have come and what you have achieved. It’s great to look back at another end of the year and know that your efforts have come to fruition.


6. Share It With Others

It’s great to make a resolution for yourself and maybe even write it down, but if no one else knows about it, it’s easy to forget about or even ignore! Sharing your resolutions with others creates a sense of obligation and accountability for your goals. Once you have shared your resolutions with family and friends, you now have people that can help support you and people that you can let down if you don’t follow through. This sense of guilt from people holding you accountable can be more powerful than self-motivation. The benefit, however, is that if you succeed, the people you shared with will also celebrate with you!


7. Review Regularly

If you don’t think about your resolutions regularly, it will be hard for you to follow through. That’s why a crucial part of realizing your goals is to conduct a regular review. Schedule a monthly review to check in on your progress and to assign smaller tasks to different weeks throughout the month. Do a weekly check-in to check your progress towards your monthly goal. It may seem absurd to think about your resolution every single day, but it is those smaller, incremental steps that lead to great changes by the end of the year.


8. Make Room for Mistakes

Setbacks can happen, but as long as you handle them correctly, setbacks shouldn’t impact your big goal. Always remember that skipping an immediate task is not a complete failure. Missing your goal by 10% or even 80% is not a complete failure. Completing a task late is also not a complete failure. The key is to adjust your mindset about your goals: once a mistake is made, own it, and move on. A few small mistakes shouldn’t spoil your resolution for the year.


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