3 Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.

Cavett Robert

For many of us, the new year usually starts with a list of new year’s resolutions. And soon after the excitement of the new beginning wears off, our dedication to our resolutions dissipates. Until the next new year. And so the cycle continues. Proportional to the number of new year’s resolutions made is the number of tips on how to keep your resolutions. I’ve done you a favor and reduced that number to only three:

  1. Set deadlines: Have one-month, six-month and twelve-month goals and ideally, have one goal in each category. 
  2. Be specific: Resolutions such as writing more, being happier, learning German, and becoming healthier are quite vague. To be successful, you need to be more specific. For example, if a goal of yours is to become healthier, be specific when you tell yourself what that would look like (e.g. exercise for 10 minutes every day; avoid bread 3 days per week, and so forth).
  3. Write it down: As already pointed out, keeping a journal is a great way to focus on specific goals and to reflect on your accomplishments. It makes you accountable. 

Cheers!

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