5 Ways To Ensure Realistic Resolutions For 2018

With 2018 is right around the corner, New Years resolutions are in the air. We ensure that you set realistic resolutions for the new year.
Melissa Cohen
2018-01-04
2018 has finally dawned and many people are frantically trying to compile a New Years Resolution list. Does this sound familiar? According to an article by Forbes Magazine, only 8% of all Americans who make resolutions tend to achieve them. One of the most common reasons why people fail at their resolutions is because they are far too unrealistic. We have compiled a few ways to assist you in attempting to succeed in your 2018 resolutions.

1. Patience Is The Name Of The Game

Before you even attempt to write a list of resolutions for the year ahead, you need to remember that succeeding will take time. If you choose to making long-lasting changes to your life, like losing weight, you need to realize that it is not a linear process. You will have your good and bad days but you need to be persistent in order to succeed. Your goals might take a bit longer than expected, and for some, that is why they give up.
"After the holiday tradition of over-indulgence, we set out to rid our cabinets of junk food, hit the gym and start fresh, [but] some people tackle the problem too aggressively, with overly restrictive diets, or exercise regimes that they can’t commit to, and soon give up their efforts," explains Dr. John Agwunobi Chief Health and Nutrition Officer for Herbalife.
He goes on to say that people are too hard on themselves and that is why most of the time they don't succeed in achieving their goals.
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2. Be SMART

Prioritizing the things that are most important to us help us to live our lives in an orderly and structured fashion. According to an article by Your Coach, everything that has ever been planned by anyone is essentially a goal.
"Accomplishments like sending someone to the moon, inventing the iPod etcetera are the result of a goal that was set at some point. A vision that was charted and realised."
The SMART methodology is a simple goal setting tool that will help you prioritize the realistic and important resolutions that you plan to undertake. This method stands for:
  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Attainable;
  • Relevant;
  • Timely.
Each of words in the acronym ensures that when you are planning a goal, that you aiming for the impossible.

3. Progress Over Perfection

A lot of people fail to achieve their new years resolutions because they give up on the process. If something is too tough and the process is taking too long, many people just ditch the resolution and move on to the next thing.
"If you can measure it, you can change it."
Integrative wellness and life coach, Didi Wong explains that people should set smaller, more realistic goals first. Once those have been accomplished, then move onto bigger goals.
"Think about what it is that you want in life and how is it that you can achieve it by taking baby steps. If it is to lose weight, could you simply take out all sodas from your diet? If it's to get back in shape, could you go for a walk or run beginning with just once a week?

4. Keep Updating Your Profile

By documenting your journey, this will not only motivate you, but you will be able to track your progress. Although it might be embarrassing to post your goals all over social media for the world to see, it takes courage and vulnerability to share a goal that you might actually fail at. Once your goal is out in the open, you will need that extra support from others in order to better ensure your success. You can even use social media as a platform to communicate with other people who are trying to achieve the same, or similar goals as you are.

5. Pencil It In

Making time to achieve your goals is one of the first crucial steps to actually achieving those goals. "I never have the time"- how many times have you heard or even said that one? Nobody ever has the time, however we are the ones who actually decide how we want to spend our time. If it's losing weight or reading more books, make time to hit the gym or take ten minutes out of your series binge to read a new book. Planning is everything. If sticky notes works for you or if marking off a calendar is better- you need to plan your success as it won't just fall into your lap. Try and block off specific times during the day or week to proceed with your new years goals.

Top 10 Most Popular Resolutions

Now that you have your list of new years resolutions ready to complete in 2018, take a look at last years most Googled resolutions.
Most Popular New Years Resolutions Number Of Searches 
Get Healthy  62 776 640
 Get Organised  33 230 420
 Live Life To The Fullest  18 970 210
 Learn New Hobbies  17 438 670
 Spend Less/ Save More  15 905 290
 Travel  5 964 130
 Read More  4 746 560
Want to know more about the top resolutions for 2017? Click here.
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