4 Steps to Making Your New Years Resolutions Stick
Updated: Jan 2
With another year comes another set of resolutions that we go into the year with the absolute best intentions to stick to, only to find ourselves falling off track by February.
You’re not alone in this, I’ve absolutely been there myself more years than I would like to admit to, but it doesn’t have to be this way years after year.
This year, I’m using a simple 4 step approach to setting and NOT forgetting my 2022 goals and want to share that with you! Rather than just simply setting a “resolution” or a goal, I’m actually using this year to focus on creating routines that will get me to my goal.
Here's where the 4 steps come in.
Step 1: The What
This is the goal part of the process where you look at what it is that you actually want to do. In this step, you want to be specific on what your goal is.
This might be a fitness goal like lose 30 pounds or run a marathon, not just “get in shape”. It might be a financial goal such as saving $10,000 or paying off a specific loan amount. It might even be a lifestyle or habit goal such as one of mine this year, which is to get back into blogging twice a week!
The more specific you are in this goal the easier it is to actually track your progress towards it and know that you’ve accomplished it when you do!
Step 2: The When
Now to add even more specificity to your goals, you need to state when you want them accomplished by. This allows you to move into the next step, and also adds to the ability to track progress and recognize your goal accomplishment.
When you set this timeline, an important factor is making sure that it is truly attainable. If you have a weight loss goal, it probably won’t happen in a month, but it might happen in 6 or 12 months. Same goes with financial and most other goals.
Setting a timeline that is too short is not only unsustainable in the process but it is a sure-fire way to set yourself up for disappointment when you’re unable to reach the end goal, at no fault of your own effort but simply because you were set up for failure from the beginning.
Step 3: The How
Here is where you start to get into the actual planning process.
You know what you want to do, you know when you want to do it by, but now you need to establish a plan on how you will actually get it done! This will involve looking at your schedule and creating a concrete plan you can stick to.
This might be a workout schedule you put into your weekly calendar, a savings plan that coincides with your paydays, or whatever else you need to do in order to successfully reach your goals in the time frame you’ve allotted yourself.
For example, with my goal of blogging twice a week for the entire year, my how looks like spending an afternoon every Thursday writing my blog posts and then scheduling those posts to come out every Monday and Wednesday. This is written in my schedule and will be done every single week!
Step 4: The Why
This might be the final step, but it is arguably the most important. If you don’t know the reason you are doing something, what is there to intrinsically motivate you to actually stick to your how and consistently show up for that goal?
Understanding your why is the drive behind this whole process and you need to dig deep when it comes to this step.
If you want to lose 30 pounds, how do you think this is going to benefit your life in the long run? Will it allow you more energy to play with your kids and a longer life span to be there to support them? Will paying off that loan that has been hanging over you for years allow you the ability to take some time off from the job you hate and put your time and energy into your passion project as a stepping stone to creating the life of your dreams?
It has to be more than just “because I want it”, get deep into why you want it and then think of that every single time that little part of you wants to make an excuse to skip out on the steps you need to take to get to that end goal.