How to Make and Keep Your New Year's Resolutions for 2021

goal setting motivation Dec 02, 2020

If you're like most of us, you rarely keep your New Year's resolutions. Especially during 2020 (although this year doesn't really count - right?!)

So besides 2020 ;) perhaps you have trouble with them because you make resolutions that are too ambitious. Or maybe you give up because immediate progress is hard to see.

Whatever your reason is, it's possible to make adjustments in your approach until you get what you want (2020 was a year of adjustments!)

If you want to keep your New Year's resolutions, you first have to learn to make the kind you can actually follow through on. Make effective resolutions that support you and lead you toward the destiny you desire. Create unstoppable momentum by creating resolutions that lead to small, continuous victories.

Focus on what kinds of changes you really want to make in your life. Do you want to lose weight? Grow your social media? Start a blog? Learn a new skill?

There are all kinds of things you may want to do, both big and small. In order to get them done, you have to first get started.

Making Realistic Resolutions

If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller, bite-sized chunks.

Saying you want to start a YouTube channel next year, lose 100 pounds, or start a business, are definitely goals that are very worthwhile. But they're only attainable if you break them down into smaller actions you can actually accomplish in real life. (If you're looking for ideas, read my article on 4 New Year's Resolution Goals Worth Setting for some inspiration.)

Write down the actions you must take to record those videos, lose those pounds, or create that product/service.

What is one small action can you take today to move yourself closer to your goal?

Take that action, and write down actions you can take each day for the next ten days. When you do, you'll create unstoppable momentum toward the success you deserve.

When you decide what really matters to you and break it down into small chunks that are easy to handle, you keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed. If you still feel overwhelmed, break your resolution down further. The big dream at the finish line will motivate you and the small steps to get there will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Remember to reward yourself after each small victory! Keep reminding yourself about why you're doing the things you're doing. That way, you'll stay motivated and excited throughout the year to come.

Keep Your Resolutions Alive

Tracking your progress is vital to successfully keeping your New Year's resolutions. Pay close attention to your progress. Make an effort even when you want to throw in the towel. The only way to fail at New Year's resolutions is to give up. Notice what's working and what needs to change in your approach, and then adapt your tactics until you get what you want.

Setbacks provide great feedback that helps you to get on track. Use your setbacks to set yourself up for an even bigger comeback.

When you do that, you'll get more accomplished than you expected to, even if you fall short of your goal. Above all, decide what's important to you and go after it with all your might. When you do, you'll begin to experience the fulfilling life you deserve.

Final Thoughts

Every year there's a lot of hype around setting New Year's resolutions, and for a good reason.

You can gain A LOT of momentum feeding off that energy! Take advantage of that. Get motivated and stay motivated.

Commit to change. Make the commitment to yourself that you're going to focus on upgrading your mindset to stay disciplined towards your goals.

You thoughts become your emotions and your emotions become your actions and your actions become your habits.

Get your mindset right and keep feeding your brain good information! Remember it's a process. Keep pushing ;)

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