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How to Set & Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do loved ones look skeptical when you tell them your New Year’s resolutions? Make this the year they finally stick.


  • Step 1: Start out small Choose attainable goals. Setting the bar too high only invites failure.
  • Step 2: Write them down Write down what you hope to achieve. You may feel silly, but research shows that people who write down their resolutions are more likely to keep them.
  • Step 3: Go public Tell everyone your plans. It will help shame you into following through, plus you’ll have your loved ones cheering you on.
  • TIP: Try joining on online support group, especially if your goal is to lose weight— America’s most popular resolution. One study found that those with around-the-clock support lost twice the weight of those who went it alone.
  • Step 4: Stay positive Think of your resolution in positive terms. For example, instead of saying, 'I’m not going to smoke anymore,' think, 'I’m getting healthy.'
  • Step 5: Give it three weeks Try to stick to your goal for 21 days. Research shows it takes that long to change or break a habit, so if you can hold on for just three weeks, you’ll greatly increase your chance of success.
  • Step 6: Don’t sweat slipups If you cheat, forgive yourself and continue on. Don’t make one slipup an excuse to give up altogether.
  • FACT: According to a survey, procrastination is the number-one reason people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions, followed by lack of discipline and not having a game plan.

You Will Need

  • Attainable goals
  • A written plan
  • Positive thinking
  • Three weeks of discipline
  • Self-forgiveness
  • An online support group

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