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10 Tips for Setting New Years Resolutions that Stick!

Posted by Dr. Rimjhim Duggal Stephens on December 29th, 2014 under General

Even amidst the cheer and merriment of the season, thoughts often turn to the coming New Year – to resolutions and new beginnings. As you reflect upon – and celebrate – the passing of another year with loved ones, now is the perfect time to funnel this joyful energy into setting your New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re no stranger to broken resolutions and abandoned goals. 

Here’s how to keep the spark of those exciting, inspiring goals alive beyond the first week of January!

  • Reflect on the current year – Examine the year to see what you accomplished, what you didn’t, what we planned, or what was beyond our control to help you determine what worked, potential roadblocks, and realistic goals.
  • Choose overarching themes – Make your resolutions more approachable by focusing them. For example, do you want to break down your goals into physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional realms? Or into personal, relationship, workplace, and community ones? Use a vision board or write down your goals to help you visualize your themes and what you hope to accomplish. Refer back often to keep you motivated!
  • Contemplate your resolutions for a few days – Who says resolutions need to start on January 1st? Set your own date and give yourself time to think your plans through.
  • Set sizeable goals – Most resolutions require a behavioral change in order to be sustained throughout the year. It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Do yourself a favor and introduce one resolution at a time so you’ll be able to integrate it into your routine and have lasting success.
  • Approach with action – instead of saying you want to lose ten pounds or learn a new language, decide how you will accomplish these goals. Losing weight can be the result of actively joining a new dance class, checking in regularly online through a motivation based social media group, or using a fitness monitor to determine where and when you can improve your activity.
  • Create a healthy environment – The people and things surrounding you can play a huge role in your mindset. It’s important to determine what will help you accomplish your goals and eliminate what will distract you from them
  • Check in with yourself – Schedule regular dates with yourself to see how you’re doing – and any adjustments or troubleshooting you might need to stay on track. Use your vision board or written goals to re-inspire yourself and kindly assess your progress.
  • Share your goals – Stay accountable and committed by enrolling support from loved ones. A colleague, friend, or family member who wants to see you succeed is a great support resource.
  • Envision the “future you” – Where are you a year from now? What have you accomplished and how do you feel? Visit the “future you” periodically throughout the year to maintain momentum as you knock goals off your list.

Above all, celebrate your success! When you set your resolutions, make note of the small treats (like a bowl of Love Crunch!) and the big rewards you’ll award yourself once you reach your goal. And remember to take the time to treat yourself as you progress… you’re worth it!

Dr. Rimjhim Duggal Stephens

Dr. Rimjhim Duggal Stephens is a champion of all things health-related. With her medical training, her interest in healing through food, and her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge, she untangles the often-confusing realm of nutrition as the Nature’s Path wellness guide. Tune in for her relevant and useful tips for health and happiness, and stay for her compassionate approach to healthy eating.