Tips To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: From Hope to Reality

It’s this time of the year again: New year, new hope, new beginning, and new resolutions! If you failed big time last year, please, oh please, don’t give up this year. As always, I’m here to help. Here you will find tips to keeping your new year’s resolutions. By the way, I would like to refer to these resolutions as GOALS!

I’m pretty sure that there are so many things in your mind right now before the end of the year. Here are a few examples:

  • How can I lose weight?
  • How can I become healthy?
  • How can I earn more money?
  • How can I find more quality time to spend with my family?
  • How can I quit smoking/drinking (vices)?

Before the end of the year, you must turn those questions into answers. Those answers will become your goals. Here are just a few simple examples:

  • How can I lose weight? Eat small portions. Go to the gym.
  • How can I become healthy? Eat more fruits and vegetables. Drink water instead of soda.
  • How can I earn more money? Start an online business.
  • How can I find more quality time to spend with my family? Do not procrastinate, so that I get to finish all my plans and work responsibilities throughout the week. Weekends are for family activities.
  • How can I quit smoking/drinking (vices)? I need the support of my family and friends. [By the way, I personally don’t smoke or drink. Those are just examples : ) ]

Faith, Hope, and Love is here to help you make it easier to set your goals for the new year. Before I show you how it’s done, think about the answers to the following questions:

How do you create goals? What will make this coming new year different from last year? What are you willing to do this year that you have not tried doing last year? What do you desperately need to change?

To help you answer those questions, I have created two gifts for you. Now it’s your turn to unwrap these gifts. I am so excited to share with you three tips that will help you achieve all your goals in 2019!

 

New year goals should be simple and easy to follow. Let’s keep it simple. There are only three tips that you need to follow. Besides the fact that they are easy to remember, I am also giving out two free New Year gifts to help you achieve your goals! (Please see Tip #1 and Tip #2.)

Are you ready to turn your hope into reality? Here we go!

TIP #1: SET REASONABLE AND ACHIEVABLE GOALS

(DO NOT SET GOALS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE!)

Our first tip usually takes your time and mind to the test. How long does it take to come up with goals? Is it already January 2nd and you still haven’t figured out the goals that you want to accomplish in 2019?

Are you getting a headache trying to figure out why you didn’t achieve your goals last year and what you should be doing differently this coming year?

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Goals are created to be achieved. You will definitely fail if they are not reasonable and achievable. Look at this scenario:

You want to lose weight.

Your goal is to go to the gym for an hour every day.

Your income can’t support your gym membership. Is that a reasonable goal?

Your daily work schedule starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. You regularly work overtime. You usually get home by 7:00 pm. After doing all your evening routine, you usually go to bed around 9:00 pm. You have to wake up early, make breakfast, and attend to your children’s needs before they go to school. You’re always in a rush in the morning and exhausted in the evening. Is going to the gym for an hour every day achievable?

Setting up your goals for the year is similar to taking the bones out of a fish. To be able to eat the meat, you have to carefully remove each and every bone. To be able to set a reasonable and achievable goal, you have to carefully plan each and every scenario.

Let me help you plan. Let’s start with my gift #1. Create a list of things that you want to improve or change for the better, the reasons why you want to change them (negative effects if these things are not improved or changed), and the result that you want to achieve (positive effects if these things are improved or changed).

Here is my Gift #1 for you. You can use this New Year Goals List to follow my Tip #1.

New Year Goals List

WHAT? (1st Column)

List the things that you want to improve or change for the better. Here are a few examples:

Spiritual: Read the Bible daily

Physical: Eat more healthy foods

Mental: Read informative articles

Financial: Save at least 20% of my monthly income

(You can add more like: Social, Psychological, etc.)

WHY? (2nd Column)

List the negative effects if these things are not improved or changed. You will use this column as a reminder that bad things will definitely happen if you don’t improve or change the things in the first column (“What”). Here are a few examples:

Spiritual: I will not be able to know more about God.

Physical: I will not improve my current health condition.

Mental: I will not gain relevant and current information related to the topic

Financial: I will not have enough money to use when I desperately need it.

(You can add more like: Social, Psychological, etc.)

RESULT: (3rd Column)

List the positive effects if these things are improved or changed. This will serve as your motivation to keep your goals. Remember, if you don’t do the things in the first column (“What”), you will end up in the second column (“Why”), and that’s what you’re trying to avoid. You want to do the things in the first column (“What”), so you will end up in the 3rd column (“Result”).

Here are a few examples:

Spiritual: I will get to know more about God.

Physical: I will not get sick as often as before.

Mental: I will be more knowledgeable about the topic.

Financial: I will have enough money to use when I need it in the future. I won’t need to apply for a loan.

(You can add more like: Social, Psychological, etc.)

After identifying the “What,” the “Why,” and the “Result,” now is the time to follow Tip #2.

TIP #2: ORGANIZE YOUR NEW YEAR GOALS

(DON’T JUST THINK ABOUT THEM, WRITE AND ORGANIZE THEM!)

How do you organize your new year goals? You have to figure out which of the things that you identified as “What” (Tip #1) must be accomplished by the end of each month. Tip #2 makes the “What” in the New Year Goals List (Gift #1) more specific.

Using this Gift #2, you will be more descriptive by answering the questions:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How long?

For example: January

Spiritual – Read 31 scriptures (You can either use tally marks or write the date for each day that you read the Bible)

Physical: Eat 1 kind of fruit and 1 kind of vegetable each day

Mental: Read 4 new and interesting articles every week

Financial: Save at least $700.00

Here is my Gift #2 for you. You can use this New Year Goals Template to organize your goals.

New Year Goals Template

You can print 1 set of the New Year Goals Template for each area of your life (Example: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, etc.). It totally depends on your needs. You are free to use it however you want. What matters most is that you use it to accomplish your goals by the end of each month.

TIP #3: DO IT NOW!

(DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!)

If your goal is to save at least $700.00 by the end of January and $700.00 by the end of February, don’t save $500 in January and make up for the difference in February. Keep in mind that if you don’t keep your goal in January, there’s a possibility that you won’t keep your goal in February. It’s going to have a domino effect. Don’t even think of making it up in the next month.

The infamous “There’s always tomorrow” is the enemy of all the goals that you set. “There’s always another month” is your downfall; remember that!

I hope that these three simple tips and my two gifts will help you tremendously in setting and achieving all your goals this new year.

Faith, Hope, and Love wishes you a blessed, purposeful, and successful 2019! Happy New Year!!!

(P.S. My gifts are free for personal use. If you use them as part of your blog, post, or article on your website, please give credit to our website Faith, Hope, and Love. Thanks!)

Author: Pastella

22 thoughts on “Tips To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions: From Hope to Reality

  1. Hi Pastella,

    Thanks for the advice!  I think thinking of resolutions as goals, and setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is definitely the way to go when trying to achieve our resolutions for the new year.  The gifts are great, I love the bright colors.  Thank you!  Do you think there is added value in differentiating between short term and long term goals?  How do you figure out the difference when you’re setting them?

    1. Hi Kris! Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad that you like the gifts.

      Those are great questions! There is definitely added value in differentiating between short-term and long-term goals. Most people usually set goals without carefully planning how long it will take to reasonably arrive at the desired result.

      “How do you figure out the difference when you’re setting them?”

      As we know, short-term goals are achievable within a year, while long-term goals may be achieved longer than that. Long-term goals can also be achieved through achieving the short-term goals first. For example, you want to buy a new car. However, it’s impossible to save enough money this year to buy that car. Buying a car then becomes a long-term goal. You can set a short-term goal to achieve your long-term goal by saving at least $$$ amount every month. This monthly savings is your short-term goal, while your target $$$ amount to be able to buy a new car becomes your long-term goal.

      I hope that it makes sense. Let us know your comments!

      Have a wonderful year!

  2. Hi Pastella,

    Thank you for sharing these important and interesting post about setting goals.

    I am not good at setting goals. Your tips are very helpful for me to set my goals for 2019.  I love the What, Why and Result chart to help in creating goals. I am actually very excited to create my goals now for 2019 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Christine! I’m so glad that you find these tips helpful. May you achieve all your goals this year! Have a blessed 2019!

  3. A very happy new year to you Pastella!

    What a nice thought of you to give us gifts and help with our goals!

    Excellent idea!

    I rarely set new years resolutions because I can’t wait until the new year to start them.

    If I have a goal in December I don’t want to wait until January to do it. I just start!

    Hey but that’s just me!

    I will download your 2 gifts so thanks for that, I am sure they will be helpful.

    I like the idea of including the WHY!

    That is really important. The WHY will help you stick through the tough moments…

    For me I hate the diet, but I love being healthy…

    So I have to focus on being healthy and not on the diet…

    Nice way to start off the year…

    Good job!

    Tim

    1. Hi Tim! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Please feel free to share the gifts with your family and friends.

      It’s always good to ask “why” before we do something because the answer usually calls for the next step whether we will do it or not. If the answer is good, acceptable, or right, then the “why” becomes our motivation to do it.

      In this New Year’s Goals List, I tweak it a little bit. Instead of making the “why” positive, it then becomes the negative. The “why” or the negative effects become a part of the motivation to do it. If a person doesn’t keep his (her) goal, he (she) may end up in the negative column. Of course, he (she) would want to avoid that.

      Faith, Hope, and Love truly hopes that you achieve all your goals this year. Have a blessed 2019!

  4. This was awesome.Everyone keeps a resolution for new year but it is not very easy to follow the resolution. This article has given me so much inspirational and had lot of tips and ideas on how to keep up the resolution. Thank you so much for sharing this article with us at the right time.

  5. I enjoyed your article very much. Your gifts are a nice touch and will offer help to everyone that is trying to loose weight. Great job!

  6. Great post! I used to set all kinds of crazy goals and then not achieve them. It took a while before I realized that what I was setting was long term goals…like 3 or 5 years into the future.

    Now I do have 3 and 5 year goals and use your system to organize my monthly goals that will align with these long term goals. Much more achievable.

    Listing the negative consequences of goals not dealt with can be a real eye opener. Thank you for the free gifts!

    1. Thank you for being open to new ideas/suggestions. Please feel free to share the free gifts with your family and friends.

      I sincerely hope that you get to accomplish all the goals that you set this year. Please update us. We would like to hear your success story in keeping your monthly goals.

      May you be blessed abundantly this new year!

  7. Hi Pastella, interesting post about the goals. I am a personal advocate of number 3 because like you said, people tend to procrastinate and they just don’t get things achieved. And that’s part of the reason why people do not get anywhere in life (hint: our politicians; for anyone reading, please don’t be like them. I double dare you). Just like Nike said, “Just do it.” Great post Pastella.

    1. Hi Evan! I can tell that you’re fed up with politicians or politics. You may be interested to read the other post that briefly talks about that topic.

      I admire you for not being a procrastinator. This post will definitely help those who usually struggle with Tip #3. I used to be a procrastinator. Last year was a breakthrough for me, hence this post.

      Hope you share with our valued readers some of your tips on how to stop procrastinating. Thanks for visiting!

  8. Great post! I have quite a few New Years resolutions started this year, and they’re big goals, so this was very helpful.

    I particularly enjoyed your analogy about taking the bones out of a fish, and being realistic and removing obstacles. Thank you, I shall bear this in mind as I move forward with my 2019 goals!

    1. Hi Natalie! You’re welcome! Thank you also for your great comment. I’m so glad that you find this post very helpful. You can use the free gifts however you want. You can also share it with family and friends who need to organize their goals.

      May you and your family have a wonderful and blessed 2019!

  9. Nice article Pastella, All these tips will help people with their new years resolutions. Not procrastinating is the tip that stands out to me most because its the most relatable to me, in the past I have struggled with it in the past and from experience its a little bit harder than “Just do it” – Nike. Do you have any resources or tips for those that struggle with Procrastination ?

    1. Thank you, Marvin! I truly understand your comment on “procrastination” because I’m a living proof of that dreaded vocabulary. That’s actually another topic that I want to write about because I know that it will help a lot of people.

      What works for me is actually writing what I need to do. “Writing” means it has to be specific and there’s a date involved. I have to actually see the details and the exact date and time that it needs to be done.

      I set my alarm at 3 different times. You can even set yours 5 or 10 times LOL! Do whatever works for you ; ) The alarm depends on how long I think it takes to finish the task. For instance, there’s a project that I need to submit next week. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, I knew I would wait until a day before the due date. I tried the technique of setting the alarm 3 days before, 2 days before, and 1 day before the deadline. Crazy, huh? Well, that works for me. Instead of doing it a day before, at least I still have 2 extra days to work on it.

      I will write another post on this, so I can further explain the reasons why I (and I believe most people) became a procrastinator, what I’ve done to slowly change it, and what I have become now.

      Thank you so much for your interest in reading this post. I sincerely hope that you and your family experience success, peace, and good health in 2019!

  10. You hit the nail right on the head for me with this article. I joined the Joyce Meyer 30-30 challenge to study the word of God for 30 minutes a day for 30 days, and I have to say actually doing it is the key for sure, and writing down every day when I’m going to do it is also key. You have to write it down. Without that, it’s just another thing to put off and forget. Scheduling it, I look at it like any appointment. It means a lot to me to accomplish this, and I’m sick of putting God at the bottom of my list because I’m too busy to read his Word.

    Great write-up and God Bless your new year!!!

    1. Hi Babsie! It’s good to know about other available resources out there. The more we know and implement what we know, the more successful we’ll be.

      I know some people who have great goals, but always fail at keeping them. There are different factors, of course, but the main reason why they fail is because of not following these three tips. That’s the reason these three tips came to life (and the gifts needed to be unwrapped!).

      Thank you for your interest in reading this post. May God bless you and your family this new year!

  11. These are awesome suggestions. I downloaded your gifts, thank you for them. I will fill them out in a graphics editor I have. I’ll let you see them when they’re done, ok?

    I am bookmarking your website for sure.

    Again, thank you for everything!

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you also for following my suggestions. Yes, please show them to me. I am so excited to see your progress. I’m just here to give you a nudge as your constant reminder to move forward and keep the goals that you set for yourself this year.

      Please let us know your progress each week/month. Everyone can learn from your example. May you achieve all your goals this year!

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