4 Ways to Nix Flaking Out on Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Alex Arena, Eco 18
January 15, 2014 Updated: January 15, 2014

On Jan. 2, I headed to New York Sports Club for my weekly Total Body Sculpt class with Todd the Trainer. I was reluctant to go, partly because I was tired from New Year’s festivities and partly because of what was to come. As I entered the gym, I saw it—a line of new members halfway out the door. The Resolutionists are here.

You know Resolutionists! They’re idealists. Hopeful people. Reflective people. People who watch the countdown, see the year change and decide there’s no better time than now to make a positive change in themselves. But then they flake.

We’re all guilty of being a Resolutionist at one point or another. In fact, about 88 percent of New Year’s resolutions aren’t kept. I know. I myself am a serial Resolutionist.

The problem is Resolutionists are water testers. What do I mean by that? People who dip one toe in the water to test out its temperature. Hesitant to the unfamiliar. Unsure. Uncommitted.

In order to be a part of the successful 12 percent, commitment is necessary. We need to tell ourselves that our resolution is not just a yearly change, but a lifestyle change. We need to brave the discomfort and dive right in.

I’ve outlined five tips to help you see your resolution through. But first, tell yourself you’re ready and willing to dedicate your time and effort to the process.

1. Be Realistic

Sometimes the best way to achieve a big goal is to set small goals. Don’t set your sights so high that you end up feeling defeated if you fall short. Consider your life. Manage your time. Set a plan into motion. Triumph. This way, there’s no room for excuses.

2. Involve Family and Friends

It’s always great to have someone cheering you on, but actually having a loved one actively participate in helping you achieve your goals is a big help. Just remember, only you can keep yourself in check.

3. Schedule Daily Reminders

It’s easy to get distracted with everyday tasks. Reminders help you stay focused on your goal. A simple note on your refrigerator or phone goes a long way.

4. Track Your Progress

There’s an app for that. Are you more old-fashioned? Write down your ultimate goal and what you’re doing each day to get there.

Good luck and Happy 2014!

Eco18 is a collective of creative-writing individuals from different backgrounds with a common goal—to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Their combined expertise, humor, and opinions explore green and sustainable in a practical, fun way. www.eco18.com

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