As we wrap up the end of a year and decade, we reflect on our year. The good, the bad and everything in between. The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is why so many of us create New Year’s Resolutions. A new year can often feel like a fresh start and great opportunity to let go of bad habits and establish new routines. I’ve always felt we can continually better ourselves regardless of what season of life we may be in. So, what better way to kick off a new year and new decade than by setting resolutions that you’ll truly reap the benefits of?

Let’s chat about the most obvious topic when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Almost everyone who makes a resolution ends up failing not even one-month in. Why is that?  You set an unrealistic goal? Didn’t prepare? Stopped something cold turkey and fell right back into old habit? It happens to the best of us. Heck, I’m even guilty of it. So, how do make sure we accomplish our resolutions this upcoming year?

1. Choose 3 Goals and Stick to Them

The biggest mistake is saying “I’m going to turn my ENTIRE life around for the better all at once.” While yes, your intentions are great, we can often get overwhelmed with major change and are more likely to fall right back into old habits. Instead, focus on 1-3 areas of your life you’d really like to see a change in.

2. Have A Plan

Resolutions and change are great! But not if you don’t have a plan in place to achieve said goals. The easiest way to achieve success is to implement a plan and hold you self or even have others hold you accountable. One great way is to visualize it. Log in a journal daily, write it out on a calendar or even join an accountability group where you check in daily.

3. Ease Yourself Into It

You may be pumped up and excited to kick off the new year with these great intentions but don’t burn yourself out by giving 150% from the get-go. We are all human and require time to adjust to change. Start off small and work towards you goal little by little. For instance, many of us make goals to be more active or eat healthier. Instead of diving head in, try small goals that will help you reach your long-term goal. Don’t try to hit the gym twice a day, 7 days a week. Instead, shoot for an hour a day for 3 days and go from there!