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Stick to New Years Resolutions?

Joan JerkovichJanuary 1, 2014

Every New Year I make resolutions I end up abandoning within a month or two. I like the idea of starting the New Year off fresh setting goals for better habits but wonder if I should even bother since they don’t go far. How can I follow through better with my New Years Resolutions?

Don’t we all like a fresh start, and what better time than the New Year? Yet, statistics show that only 8% of the people who make New Years Resolutions succeed in following through with the goals they’ve set for themselves. So, I guess that means that you needn’t feel bad that you are keeping company with the 92% who also abandon their Resolutions! But, I hear you in that you want to get included in that 8% club, and here are my suggestions on how.

First, approach setting up your New Years Resolutions with only the most important and well thought out items on your gotta-make-it-happen list. Tackle the goals that have been irritating you for months or keeping you up at night. This, after all, is the New Year and a good time to incorporate some new habits. You can leave the minor goals for a Monday morning reset. I’m just saying…hold out the New Year goals as the big papa and big mamma of goal-setting. Make it big and take it seriously.

Now, I know you’re excited to get started, so I’m giving you my cut-to-the-chase bullet point list on how to succeed in getting your New Years Resolutions to Stick!

• Approach setting your goals after serious thought and consideration
• Research, investigate and learn ways to improve your chances for success
• Break down the big goals in to smaller ones
• Make the smaller goals very precise and specific
• Keep the goals something that is reasonable to attain
• Set up deadlines for reaching your goals
• Build in accountability by telling others or getting an accountability partner
• Invest money in making your goal a reality—hire a personal trainer, financial consultant or Life Coach
• Invest emotionally by building up your support systems, decreasing stress and paying attention to good health habits with eating, sleeping and exercise
• Track your progress
• Expect to get off course and make a plan for getting back on
• If you fall off course, don’t dwell on feelings of failure or negativity
• Use positive affirmations and positive self talk to keep you motivated

Good Luck in graduating from the 92% club in to the “Elite 8”! If you want further commentary and motivation on this topic, listen to my radio broadcast this Saturday, January 4th. Details at

Joan Jerkovich, BCC Joan Jerkovich, BCC
The Joan Jerkovich Show
News Radio 1150 KSAL
Saturdays @ 6:05 & 7:05 am CST
Podcast posts to Mondays


Who is Joan? What is a Board Certified Life Coach? How do I call her show or send her a life coaching question? Find out @ Joan Jerkovich


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