#8 - Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

5 More Days until 2017... FIVE!  With recent news and celebrity deaths (Princess Leia! COME ON!), many of us are eager for 2016 to wind down.  But if you are anything like me, you are have a growing list of goals and resolutions running through your head in the New Year.  We all have the best of intentions...

Yet don't resolutions stick!  In fact, only 8% of people stick to their resolutions... 8% (let that one sink in for a minute).  

Think back...what resolutions do you make over and over again?

So how can you actually stick to your resolutions this year?


  • MAKE SMART GOALS: Most of our New Year's Resolutions go something like this... "I'm going to get into better shape, I'll go to bed earlier, I'll spend more quality time with my kids, I'll eat healthier.  Guess what those never seem to work because they are too broad and don't break it down into actionable steps.
  • SPECIFIC:  Instead of I'm going to get into better shape, try: I'm going to work out a minimum of 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes.
  • MEASURABLE: You need to know if you are actually making progress.  So going back to getting into better shape... look for a few key measurements that are important to you.  Weight & inches are typical, but think about what you really want... maybe today you can run without stopping for 20 minutes and your goal is to get to 30 minutes.  Or today you are using 5lb weights for your workout video, and you want to get to 10lb weights.  Regardless, know where you are today so you can track your progress.
  • Actionable: Ask yourself, do you have control over this goal?  Again working out 3 times a week something you can control more than I will loose 10lbs in a month. 
  • Reasonable: Think about whether or not you have the support to achieve your goal.  Going back to our example of working out 3 times a week... perhaps like me you work out in the morning.  But for me that means I have to coordinate with my husbands schedule to be sure he doesn't have to be a work early.
  • Time-Bound: Keep it simple to start.  How about I'm going to work out 3 times a week for the month of January?  Then re-evaluate.  Is it working?  Can you add a 4th workout or can you commit for 3 months?

Personally I suggest only committing to one or two goals for the month of January and keep going from there.  The 2016 goals that I actually kept.  
1) Quitting my Corporate Job... that's a much more detailed story for another day!  But mid March of last year, I officially turned my side hustle into my full time job and it's been incredible!
2) I don't look at my phone when I get into bed. I initially started with I should go to bed earlier, but I knew that wasn't specific or honestly always actionable (when the baby is up all night you don't have much control over your own bed time!) so I changed it to making that goal for January and it was great...so I've kept it going. Do I always keep it? NO, but for the most part it's a great New Year's Resolution that has helped me fall asleep earlier!

So what New Year's Resolution are you working towards this year?

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Mary Beth Ferrante