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How to make attainable new years resolutions

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At the beginning of every year, we make new years resolutions to try and better our lives, or to experience something new. While this is a great motivator, it is not always the best way to reach your goals. Many people start off the year following their resolutions, but it typically only lasts a few weeks before they stop. With this in mind, there are ways to accomplish your goals in the New Year effectively.

To start, you shouldn’t set resolutions that start in January, because you will only have so much momentum to keep going. Instead set goals to achieve by December. This way, you are working towards a goal instead of trying to work it all out at once at the beginning of the year. Here are a few ways to work on your goals throughout the year:

Work on one goal at a time

Start out by making resolutions you think you can actually keep. Don’t overcomplicate them, make them simple. This will make it less daunting and easier to achieve. You also want to break down your resolutions into smaller goals that are attainable.

Talk about it

By sharing your goals with others, you are making yourself accountable for the goals you put out there. You can also join a group that will help you achieve your goals, such as a workout class or a group of friends. This will make it easier and less intimidating because you will have someone to share your struggles and successes with.

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is not realistic, so you shouldn’t try to reach it with your goals. It is easy to get distracted in life, and minor missteps happen, but you have to remember that you can still achieve your goal even if the circumstances have changed.

A great way to turn your resolutions into attainable goals is to follow the SMART Goals model. This model is an important asset to anyone looking to set themselves up for success. It pushes you further, gives you a sense of direction and helps you organize.  According to Notejoy and corporate finance institute.


Specific: Goals that are well defined and clear about the outcomes that need to be accomplished. You must define who’s involved, what you want to accomplish, where the goal is achieved when you want to achieve this goal and why you want to achieve it.

Measurable: The goal must be measurable, and have specific criteria to measure against to see your progress in achieving your goal.

Achievable: You must make sure that your goal is possible to achieve, and realistic given the circumstances (resources, knowledge, time).  Do you have the resources and capabilities to achieve this goal?

Realistic/Relevant: The goal must be within reach and relevant to your overall purpose. Make sure that your goals are important to you and will make a material impact on achieving your larger objectives. It the goal reachable given the time and resources?

Timely: Based in a specific timeframe, to be completed within a certain amount of time. This must include a start date and a target end date.

Written by: Savanah Salazaar