13 Tricks for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions, from People Who Actually Did
Want this year to be the one where you actually keep those goals you set for yourself? Take it from these inspiring folks who managed to exceed their resolutions in past years.
…Or weekly goals
With a jam-packed, overworked calendar as a publicist in the food industry, Jennalee McIvor, the president of Localite LA, knew transforming her health from the inside out was going to be a tall order. But because she wanted to feel better holistically, she decided to start with exercise and healthy eats, removing processed foods from her diet. The shift in her mindset didn’t just result in a quick-fix of weight loss, but rather, a new perspective on a lifestyle that’s lasted two years—and counting. Her renewed perspective has made her happier, especially since she spends more time eating good-for-you dishes with her husband and relies on accountability partners to keep her dedicated each week. “It’s helpful to have someone who encourages you to get out of bed every day at 5 a.m. to work out and enjoy that cup of coffee together before the madness of work kicks off at 9 a.m.,” she notes. “When you have weekly goals and not one huge goal you’re able to focus more on the little things, then the big things. And at that end, it’s the big goal you’ve finally achieved.” These are the resolutions nutritionists are making for the new year.
But don’t forget the big picture
Ever since college a decade ago, Avi Loren Fox wanted to be an entrepreneur. But with the timing never aligning and her focus not fully focused on starting her own company, she never fulfilled this innate passion. That is, until one year, she decided she wasn’t just going to make a one-year resolution, but a five-year one. Since she knew most small businesses failed in these pivotal first years, she dug her heels in and made the commitment to really see if her idea had a fighting chance. “Short-term was fun, but long-term is more challenging, growthful, and rewarding. I gave myself the job, and I’m currently four years into my five-year goal,” she shared about her company, Wild Mantle. “It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m so glad I convinced myself to commit. I plan on growing this business much longer than five years because it definitely has legs.”
The more specific, the better
After leaving her well-paying job as a clinical psychologist to pursue a full-time career as a travel blogger, Jessica Norah knew an increasing income from her online posting would serve her long-term goals. Not only would bringing in the cash from advertising and affiliate programs give her more time to travel, thus creating content for her site, but it would result in the flexibility she craved to share with her husband. A year later, she managed to double her passive income and did so by keeping trackable, business-oriented goals in mind. “It’s more effective to have a specific objective resolution that can be measured. Instead of stating the general goal of ‘saving money,’ you might say ‘putting aside at least $50 per paycheck into my savings account,’” she explains. This helped her see her progress, stay on track, and ultimately, become richer. You’ll want to keep these inspiring New Year’s resolutions.
On New Year’s day two years ago, Emily Taffel, the owner of Mugsy PR quit smoking cold turkey. Though not an easy task, she credits her success to developing habits she could maintain and measure. “I quit drinking until all the cravings associated with it were gone. I drank juice boxes a lot, took lots of walks and gained about 20 pounds, but I am much healthier,” she shares. Though these tangible items contributed to her ability to kick the habit for good, her best nugget of wisdom is to not obsess about your resolution too much. “The more pressure you put on yourself to do something, the more your brain wants to rebel. Wait until your body signals a craving—for food, to be lazy and not work out, to smoke—and then change a habit and give your mind and body something else to do or think about,” she suggests. Next, don’t miss these 13 life-changing resolutions you’ll want to keep forever.