A Life Coach’s Guide to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions Tips from a Life Coach


Research suggests eight in ten people give up on their New Year's resolutions by February. This year, enhance your chances of success with these tips from an expert life coach who helps people set and accomplish goals for a living.


Don't revisit past failures. If you're like most people, you've failed to achieve more than a few goals. While it's easy to blame yourself, sometimes it's because the goals are either unrealistic, too vague or simply don't fit your actual lifestyle. Instead of revisiting your past failures, focus on making brand new resolutions that will give you a fresh opportunity for success.


Limit your focus. If possible, make just one resolution to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed. It can be difficult to change a lot of things in a short period of time. You are much more likely to achieve your goal if you aren't splitting your attention among multiple resolutions.


Break things down. When people make vague or broad New Year's resolutions, they are much more likely to fail. If you really want to achieve your goal, you need to break it down into manageable, concrete steps. You also need to add deadlines to each step to help keep you motivated and accountable, especially if you expect the goal to take a long time.


Spread the word. People tend to have more success with goals when they go public with their intentions. It may be tempting to keep your resolution private, especially if you worry you will fail. By taking away this safety net, you can improve your chances for success. Tell your family, friends and social networks about your goals to garner support and increase your fear of failure.


Don't go it alone. Don't beat yourself up if you lack perfect willpower, direction or focus. Instead of giving up, consider seeking assistance from a life coach who can help you clarify your goals and come up with a clear path toward success. There's no shame in reaching out for help, especially if you are working with a professional who can eliminate hurdles, draw out your inner abilities and seriously streamline your path toward success.


Document your journey. You can make your goal seem more concrete by documenting your journey. Create a checklist focusing on how much better off you will be once you've reached your goal. Use charts, journals, spreadsheets and other means to track your progress.


Celebrate your victories. While it's important to keep your eye on the ultimate prize, you should also celebrate the journey. Whenever you make progress on the small, incremental steps towards your goal, give yourself a reward. This is especially important if you are involved in a long-term goal, such as writing a novel, building a small business or anything else that takes a lot of time and will-power.


Don't beat yourself up. Your journey is likely to be filled with ups and downs. Sometimes you will win the day; other times, you will struggle to put your best foot forward. If you beat yourself up when you occasionally revert to old habits, you will be more likely to give up. Try to view slip-ups as temporary setbacks, rather than proof that you can't achieve your goal.


The life coaches at Foundations Counseling can help you identify your strengths, values and skills, achieve excellence, and clarify your direction and goals.