7 Ways You Can Finally Achieve Those New Year Resolutions This Year

It’s 2015! And what is a new year without new year resolutions?

We all know what they are. The drawback of new year resolutions? It is that year in, year out, we make ourselves feel good by listing down ambitious goals, albeit overly ambitious at times.

After a month or two, our initial resolve and determination wears off and we lose sight of our goals in lieu of so many other distractions. Too much work. No time to exercise and so on and so forth. It’s time to stop this vicious cycle and check off those unfulfilled items on your list.

So, here are some guidelines we can consider when setting this year’s resolutions.

Lets count down the top 7 ways you can finally achieve your new year resolutions:

7. Be realistic.
One ubiquitous reason why we tend to set goals that do not materialise is because these feel-good ambitions that are not tangible when you actually contemplate them.

At the point of writing, it feels good to ignore or overestimate yourself and say I’m going to score all A’s these year.

While we should always have confidence in accomplishing our goals and succeeding in life, our personal limitations should not be ignored. By listing down tangible, realistic and achievable goals, you can avoid losing sight of your aspirations.

6. Be specific.
Pin-point accuracy is what we can strive for when setting resolutions.

While it does not help to simply say ‘I want to do better in Math this year” or “I want to lose weight”, it does help if you know how much you would like to improve in Math or how much weight you want to lose. Also, it is essential to lay out the steps you need to take to attain these goals.

The more specific you are with your resolutions, the better the idea of what you wish to achieve. Your goal feels more tangible and certainly something that you can definitely see yourself achieving.

With realistic, specific and well-planned resolutions, the target becomes more visible.

The higher the clarity we have on your goal, the easier it is for you to visualise it and attain it. This will set your expectations right so there is a lesser chance of losing sight on your goal.

5. Set a timeline.
Everybody is guilty of procrastination. When it comes to resolutions like I’m going to lose 10kg this year, great food is always around. The months go by and before you know it, it turns out losing 10kg was on your list five years back too.

A workaround around this is to set a timeline or a deadline if necessary for each goal you have. This gives you a greater sense of urgency and you will be more motivated to act on your goals.

4. Break down big goals.

Large goals might seem unattainable at first glance but by taking baby steps, the end point of every endeavour becomes clearer.

Something like “I want to get A’s in all my subjects this year” may seem like a big goal depending on where you are now. In line with the previous tip, It helps to break something like that down into “I’m going to get A’s for half my subjects by mid-year and all A’s by the end of year.” It has been proven that small little goals have a higher chance of being achieved.

3. Write down the whys.
Many underestimate this tip.

The impetus for setting out on a particular resolution may have been felt towards the end of last year. You may have had strong reasons for wanting to push past that certain grade at that point in time.

However, it is important to know and list down why you want to achieve that because when the going gets tough, this is really what will pull you through. It gets you to evaluate and reflect on how much you really want something. List it down too!

2. Devise a strategy.
Almost nothing ever happens just like that. A student does not simply rise to the top or improve by mere chance. There are reasons that can be attributed to such changes in performance.

A strategy is really the master plan of how you are going to set about achieving each and every goal. State down exactly how each resolution will be achieved. Devise a strategy on how you will go about striking each item of the list down.

The clearer the path is, the higher the chances of you achieving it. And remember; failing to plan is planning to fail.

1.  Set termly reviews.
It is important to follow up on your master plan from time to time.

Reflection here is key. You may want to ask yourself questions like “Are you on the right track?”, “Have you been ignoring a certain goal you had set for yourself at the start of the year?”, “Have you veered off course?” and “Why is that so?” Speak to a friend if you have to.

We want to hear from you too!
Do you have any other tips or strategies you use to achieve your goals for the year that were not on this list? Drop them in the comments section below.