The New Year presents a great opportunity to reflect upon what you did right last year and make changes to what was lacking. Unfortunately for the majority, keeping a New Year’s Resolution isn’t easy. Thankfully, we’ve put together a guide to help you stick to your resolutions.

Make a Reasonable Resolution

The first step in keeping a resolution is to make it a reasonable one. Don’t aim for “pie in the sky” resolutions and keep your goals attainable. For example, your New Year’s resolutions aren’t the same as a bucket list.

Define Your Goals

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Another important element needed to keep a New Year’s Resolution is a making a well-defined goal and a realistic plan of attack. If your goal is to lose ten pounds by April, define how you will make it happen. For example, make it a goal to walk several miles a week or research classes to join at your local gym. No matter your end-game, set a specific plan to make it come to fruition.

Write Your Goals Down

According to research completed by Dr. Gail Matthews, who is a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, people who wrote down their goals were 43% more likely to keep their goals than those who didn’t write them down.  This research reveals the benefit of not only making goals but writing them down as well.

Don’t Give Up

It can be tempting to give up altogether when you make a mistake or drop the ball on one of your goals/resolutions, but don’t give up! It’s okay to make several mistakes as long as you’re still determined. Remain committed to your goals and you will find success.