Be clear about what you want.
For example, if you want to take better care of yourself this year, what does that look like? Perhaps you are ready to quit smoking, to take on a consistent exercise regimen, or to eat healthier.
Understand why you want it.
Why is it important to you to take better care of yourself? Perhaps you want to set a good example for your children or grandchildren. Maybe you’re concerned about aging or hereditary diseases, and you’re taking preventative measures. Or maybe you’re just at a point in your life where your health has become more important than instant gratification. Whatever the reason, getting to the root cause of the “why” will help you stick to your resolution when you’d rather quit.
Be specific about what you want.
This specificity should take two roles: one, of a specific final result that you’ll work towards, and two, specifics about how you’ll achieve that result.
Be committed to the outcome.
Commitment is the difference between a successful accomplishment vs. another resolution that fell apart before Valentine’s Day. Be clear and firm in your commitment, and do not waver.
Put it in writing.
People who write down their goals and resolutions are more likely to achieve them than people who don’t.
Chart your progress
It has often been said that “whatever you measure will improve” and this is particularly true of New Year’s Resolutions. Taking time to measure your progress (preferably in a chart or other visual tool) can go a long way towards spurring you on to success.
Whenever possible, find an accountability partner or someone with the same goal, and support each other throughout the process. People who commit to exercise with a partner (or group) are far more likely to stick with their exercise programs than people who choose to go it alone.