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New Year’s resolutions… do they ever work?

New Year’s resolutions… do they ever work?

With 2021 just around the corner we are reminded that New Year’s resolutions are often seen as colossal failures with many abandoning them after a few weeks and according to a YouGov report in June 2018 only 6% of people said they had stuck to their resolution 100%, though 14% said they had ‘mostly’ stuck with their resolution.  

So many people start the new year with good intentions, whether it is to lose weight, become healthier, stop smoking, get fitter, eat healthier food, get a better job, manage their debt, save money, travel more, be of service or simply to be happier. However overwhelm, anxiety and stress can set in relatively quickly leaving you wondering what you want to achieve and how to put it into practice.


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Here are some strategies on how you can keep those self-promises for the entire year!

Firstly, write down a few resolutions (or maybe see them as goals) you have for the coming year.

Once you have decided which resolution/goal you will aim for, then you must: –

  1. adopt the right mental approach
  2. create plans for achieving them, and
  3. take action every single day to complete those plans
  4. lastly, believe it is possible

If you do these four things, you will become unstoppable.


With each resolution/goal I would also encourage you to:

Be specific. Don’t be vague, using terms like “some” or “a little bit” or “more”—as in, for example, “I will earn more money” or “I will lose some weight.” Put a concrete number in place.

Keep it simple. Be clear and focused; don’t overcomplicate it.

Make it measurable. You cannot achieve a pound of happiness or self-esteem, but you can get a new position that pays 20 percent more than your current job by say March 1.

Write the goal down and look at it every single morning. This will help you focus on your priorities and objectives. It also helps imprint it on the subconscious mind.

Share your journey. If you know your team members, friends, and family support you in making the change, you’ll be much more likely to stick to your plan and reach your goals. Find an “accountability buddy” if need be.

Make sure your goal is aligned with your core values. Dismiss your ego that calls for flashy possessions and outward appearances – be in alignment with your heart’s desire. When your core values and goals are in agreement, you will achieve your goals every single time.

Be grateful. Having an attitude of gratitude helps you stay in a more positive mindset. By giving thanks for everything that has happened to you and knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.


It is a fact that it takes 67 days to make or break a habit, only you can make it happen when you empower your mind to do so. Break it down – consider the next 30 days, allow yourself to expand your thinking with new experiences, commit to doing something new that you have thought about doing, but have not done, and notice how it affects your life. Miracles and opportunities are all around you when you open your eyes, mind and heart to them.


Ask yourself what you can do today to start this process, what you can do tomorrow, what can you do next week, and so on. Accepting change instead of resisting it helps us grow into a grander version of ourselves, bringing us closer to living the life of our dreams.


“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw