How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Ready or not…the New Year has arrived.  While I join with many who celebrate its arrival with a great deal of excitement and hope for what the new year will bring, I recognize that others face the New Year with feelings of anxiety, fear, and disappointment.

I can relate, as I’ve felt some of those negative feelings before – maybe you have too.  For me, they came as a result of not having achieved my New Years Resolutions in the previous year, and the changes I had hoped to accomplish in my life.

Have you ever wondered why only a few people succeed in making change in their lives – and how you can be one of them?

I think the difference between success and failure in achieving New Year’s Resolutions, and making any change in our lives, is the difference between wishes and goals.  A wish is something you hope for.  A goal is something you plan for.

In my estimation, the vast majority of people are really just making wishes, not goals, when they make New Years Resolutions.  And deep down, they expect to fail.  Why else would so many people joke about not keeping their resolutions?

To be successful in achieving New Year’s Resolutions, or change in any area of life, we need to set realistic goals, make step-by-step plans, and take action.

One reason people fail is because this process is foreign to them – it not a part of most people’s life experience.  Too many of us are content to largely just let life happen to us.  We respond to what comes our way, but we don’t knock ourselves out to try to make things better or be different.

If you struggle with achieving your New Years Resolutions, move beyond wishful thinking this year and make a plan for how you’re going to achieve them.

And if you are having trouble deciding what Resolutions are right for you, check out my next post, where I’ll share Nine of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions.

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