It’s the end of the year, everyone is looking forward to the New Year and getting a redo. If you’re like most, you’ve probably got some resolutions for 2019. Losing weight, making more money, getting organized – those are the top resolutions, and while not unattainable, most will forget about actively working on them after about three weeks.

The reason most people don’t keep up with their resolutions is because it’s hard to do so.

What a shocker, right?

Change is difficult, and if you don’t have a plan for how you’re going to reach your goals, you’re probably not going to reach them. The key is to set reasonable resolutions and then build on that success.

Setting Reasonable Resolutions

Start Small – There is no rule that says you have to list out all of your resolutions at the beginning of the year. Go ahead and list them all out, but then choose one, a smaller one, to go all out on come January 1st. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds this year then break it up into 12 parts. That breaks down to just over 4 pounds a month, or one pound per week. That’s doable. For each pound you lose each week your confidence grows and the goal doesn’t seem so overwhelming and out of reach.

Break It Down – Breaking down your goals or resolutions is also key. Break it down to the basics and attack it methodically. Start with the smallest task first and build on that success. If your goal this year is to Kon Mari your home you would start with first reading about the process. You might join a Facebook group for Kon Mari to learn tips and tricks and get support. Then you might start with a closet or junk drawer. By breaking the goal down into manageable tasks you’re more inclined to stick with it and actually find success.

Get Support – No matter what your goal is, you’re going to need some support. If it were easy, it would have been done. If you’re trying to lose weight have a buddy to work out with or go on walks with each day. If your goal is to get organized, join a Facebook group. When there are other people struggling with the same goal, the task doesn’t feel so unattainable. Knowing others are in the same boat is actually comforting and makes the goal a little easier to stay on track and achieve.

Take Stock – Keep track of your progress. You can journal about it each day – a bullet journal is helpful for achieving goals – or you can document your progress by blogging about it. The great thing about blogging your progress is that it keeps you accountable and on track.

Have a Happy New Year!