Three ways to ensure your new year’s resolutions stick

By Jodi Guglielmi, A&E Editor

January 23, 2013

After the glitter washes off, the smoke clears from the sparklers, and the empty champagne bottles are finally cleaned up, it’s official, 2013 is here and underway! The first few weeks of January is a perfect time to reflect on your past year, and hopefully, the flashbacks won’t be too bad. A few winces and many laughs later, people all over the world are looking forward to the “new” them that is supposed to come along with the new year.

After coming up with lists of dreamy, yet irrational, goals that we hope to accomplish in 2013, about a week later, we face the harsh reality that these resolutions never stick.

So what’s the problem? Why is it that we can never keep our new year’s promises? Here are three tips to help your new year’s resolutions stick:

1. Make positive resolutions: Part of the issue is that yes, we do dream a little bit too big. During your time of previous year reflection, instead of thinking about things you want to fix, why not think of ways you could have made your great memories GREATER? Thinking of things that will immediately equate to more fun and laughs is the best kind of motivation.

2. Team up with a group: If your resolution, like many, is to get in better shape and work out more, try teaming up with friends to make this successful. Going to the gym with others is not only more fun, but it can also help motivate you on the elliptical. No one wants to be the friend that quits first, so having yours next to you can be the perfect motivation. You can encourage each other to keep going and not give up! Who knows, you could have a six-pack before you know it.

3. Start small: Instead of making a huge declaration of something you want to accomplish in the new year, try making short term goals at first. If you want to get all A’s this semester in school, make the resolution to spend at least two hours in the library a day. This way you won’t be freaking out when finals roll around and you are struggling to meet your goal. Spending the extra time in the library is simple and will have positive outcomes on your grades. By making the smaller resolution, it can help build to the larger one without all of the stress.