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Yes, I know. The decisions we make to do or not do something especially at the beginning of the year. There is something very enticing about using the new year as a marker for change. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to commit to making essential improvements in your life. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to help your resolutions succeed. There are a few steps which an individual/group can follow and be assured that their resolutions are attainable and extremely likely to succeed. Resolutions should be;


If you are like most of us, you want to use this opportunity to commit to all of the significant changes in your life. This does not work in most cases. Focus on one single improvement at a time. Select the one item on your list that will have the most significant impact on your life’s vision.


Many of us desire to lose weight, get organized or make more money. Stating your resolution in this form is a recipe for failure. How will you know when you are successful? What does getting organized look like? How much additional money will you need before your resolution is a success? Instead, restate your resolution with a specific goal.

I want to lose weight becomes I want to lose 5kgs. I want to get organized becomes I want to start using a task manager to track my commitments.

I want to make more money becomes I want to earn an additional $1 Million.


You need to be able to track your progress if you genuinely want your New Year’s Resolution to succeed and you cannot track something that cannot be measured. By monitoring your efforts, you will begin to see results and this will serve not only to build confidence and momentum but also to let you know when your New Year’s Resolution has been achieved.


Set goals that are difficult to attain, but are realistic and possible. Missing zero important commitments when your track record is poor is an unrealistic goal. Select something still difficult but achievable by allowing for a learning curve.


If you are setting a New Year’s Resolution because it’s what you think you should be doing or because it’s what everyone else says is important, then take a step back and evaluate if it is indeed something that you want to accomplish. Set resolutions that you want to achieve. You will be more motivated to follow through.


Without a deadline, you will either never begin working on your resolution, or you will likely put it off because there is no compelling reason not to. A timeline gives you an end-point and more motivation to begin.


Identify one new action that you can begin each week that will help bring you closer to your goal. To get organized you can implement a task manager, declutter your workspace, or learn new tactics for utilizing your calendar. Commit to one new, achievable action step each week that directly or indirectly contributes to your goal.

Tracked through progress

Every week, mark your progress on a chart. Make the chart fun to look at and keep it in a place where you will see it every day. As the progress bar begins to move, this will motivate you to continue. A four-month chart with no important commitments missed will be a great motivator to continue implementing new organizational strategies. Be sure to track important obligations both kept and missed.


Select one or two close relations (family or friends) with whom you can share your progress weekly. Use the opportunity to discuss your accomplishments, identify failures, and brainstorm on ways to correct any shortcomings in the future. Personal accountability is not about being chastised for doing something wrong, instead, it’s an opportunity for self-reflection and improvement.

Choose to follow through with your resolutions by setting up a system that will help you succeed. If you achieve your goal before the end of the year, set another resolution. You need not wait for next year.

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