HOW TO: Make & Keep New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had an incredible NYE last night with your friends, family and loved ones! (And you’re not too hungover today ;) haha) I’m so excited that 2017 has arrived, and I can’t wait to share with you all what I have in store for Leopard Couture this year! It’s going to be a good one! :)

Today’s post is going to be how I make and plan my New Years Resolutions, as well as how to KEEP them! Apparently only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.. so hopefully after reading this post you can be a part of that 8% ;)

How to make and keep your new years resolutions

All you need to begin is some paper and a pen!

Step 1: Write down ALL your goals. Small, big, short term, long term you name it!

Step 2: Take all those goals you just wrote down and categorize them. Fitness, Health, Hobbies, Work, Blog etc.

Step 3: Go through each goal and for the ones that you realize you haven’t been doing, figure out WHY you’re NOT doing it.

Example:  I used to stretch before bed for 10 mins every night. However, once I moved to my new apartment which has hardwood floors rather than carpet, I found myself never stretching. I figured out it was the cold floors that was stopping me, so I finally got myself a yoga mat so I could start stretching again. So ask yourself, “What is preventing me from accomplishing my goal?” “How can I remove this obstacle?” Be honest with yourself! 

Step 4: Write down HOW you’re going to accomplish each goal in a step by step method. The more detailed your plan is the better.

Example: “10minutes before bed every night, I will do my stretching on my yoga mat while listening to relaxing spa music” :) 

NOTE: If your goal is a really big one, break it down into smaller goals so you are not feeling overwhelmed. For example ‘losing 15 lbs’ can seem like a lot from the start. So focus on behavioural goals like go to spin class 3x per week, learn how to cook 1 new healthy meal each week etc. In the long term all these small healthy habits will pay off. Plus they will seem more achievable! :)

How to make and keep your new years resolutions

Now that you have a detailed step by step plan to accomplish your goals, here are 7 TIPS to make sure you can continue to stick to your resolutions throughout the year.

Tip #1: Focus on 3-5 small achievable goals each month. You’ll feel good about accomplishing your small goals, and your success will make it easier to keep going! My small goals for JANUARY are:

  1. Meditate for 10 mins every morning
  2. Clean my room every night before bed (no matter how tired I am)…that way I will never have a messy room ;) hehe
  3. Do 10mins of stretching before bed

Tip #2: The 21 Day Rule. If you continue to do something for 21 days straight it’s been said that you can turn it into a habit. Let me tell you, this works wonders for me! I will write down a challenge, for example Meditate for 10mins every morning. Then on a piece of paper list Day 1~21 with a ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ box. For every day that I complete my challenge, I will give myself a check mark! Trust me, it feels good to tick off the box. I have this paper either on my bedside table or pasted on my wall so it’s always staring at me. Once I do my challenge for 21 days straight, it automatically turns into a habit, and I no longer have to think about doing the task. Here are some examples of challenges I have made into a habit using the 21 Day Rule!

  1. Make my bed every morning
  2. Drink a glass of water as soon as I get up
  3. Floss my teeth every night before bed (YAY no cavities!)
  4. Always take the stairs

How to make and keep your new years resolutions

Tip #3: Make sure your goals are VISIBLE! This is super key!! I keep all my goals in the Notes app on my iPhone, as well as in my agenda and notebook which is beside my bed. I review it every morning so I begin my day with a clear focus! I also like to write my goals on sticky notes and paste them on my bedroom wall. I do this with inspiring quotes as well to keep me motivated with my goals!

How to make and keep your new years resolutions

Tip #4: Share your goals with a family member, friend or roommate. This will keep you accountable for your goals and increase your chances of sticking to your resolutions!

Tip #5: Remind yourself WHY you are wanting to make these positive changes in your life. Say it out loud to keep you motivated and on track.

Tip #6: Don’t beat yourself up. There will be days when you miss a 10min meditation session or a workout, but don’t give up on your goal because of 1 slip day. We are human after all. Just work extra hard the next day, and learn from your mistakes!

Tip #7: Remember to reward yourself and celebrate your successes along the way! #Treatyoself ;)

How to make and keep your new years resolutions

Although January 1st is a fresh start, you don’t need to wait for a new year, month, or week to begin something. Just start TODAY, because why not! I started some of my 2017 resolutions in the last 2 weeks of December to get me excited for the New Year, and to get the ball rolling. Now, some of these new habits have started to sink in :)

Some of my GOALS for 2017 that are a ‘Year-long focus’ include :

  1. Fitness- go to the gym/ run 3x a week
  2. Random Acts of Kindness- Each month buy a stranger their coffee, movie ticket, ferry ticket etc.
  3. Save $X from every pay cheque for a vacation
  4. Read a book every month
  5. Post a blog post & video weekly

I hope that these tips and goal ideas have inspired you a little and were helpful in some way! I would LOVE to hear some of your resolutions, and also what goal setting practises works for you! Wishing you all a wonderful start to the New Year, and I hope all your dreams come true this year! Thank you so so much for reading and until next time – Mitra xx

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22 Comments

  1. Love this unique blog post babe! Most people are sharing their New Years resolutions (like me =P) And you’ve posted on how to achieve them! I really love the 21 day rule idea. Makes it feel really feasible to achieve my goals! Hope you had a lovely NYE babe and Happy New Year!

    xoxo Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Thank you Rina! Can’t wait to check out your resolutions for this year! YES the 21 day rule is fab, hope you give it a try with your goals! You too happy new year lovely!!xx

  2. oh wow i wish i could be this organised! Maybe that should be my new years resolution… :P Great tips girl! Definitely taking some of this away with me to plan my year ahead! :) X Ray

  3. This is a great post about goals! Thank you for sharing. Taking a look at why we aren’t doing something is key. Also, I love your videos!

    astylishlovestory.blogspot.com

  4. You are such a talented and disciplined babe Mitra! I wish I was much better than I am at following lists… Nonetheless, you’re inspiring me to try the 21 day challenges :) I think for me, writing fluid life/ business plans is more manageable. Either way, I’m sure 2017 has beautiful things in store for us both :) *I am so very thankful for meeting and knowing your cute ass. Thank you for your friendship boo xx

    K

    • Thank you Kandja!! Yes girl try out the 21 day challenge and let me know how it goes!!:) Yes I totally agree, can’t wait for what 2017 has in store for us! Aww SO happy I met you babe, very thankful for our friendship you the best!xx

  5. I love this! So many people don’t take steos to achieve their resolutions. Awesome stuff. And i love love love that you’re gonna do RAKs! I did a blog for a class last year, and it was all about RAKs. Such a rewarding experience 😊 Great post!

    • Thank you so much Annabelle! Love that you did that for a class! I used to do RAKs here and there, but wanted to make it a monthly thing from now on! So rewarding- just like you said!:)

  6. Hey Mitra, so fun to read!! I love all your tips!! I am going to try to use them all! Having a clean room is overrated btw, haha jk I have all the tools to implement now I just need to get it done. Happy 2017!

    • Thank you Ariel!! So glad you were able to take away something from this post! And HAHAH you’re funny, I wish it was;) Happy New Year girly!xox

  7. taking steps to achieve your new years resolutions is as important as setting them! I find putting mine on my blog helps because then you’ve got it on the internet and people will remind you about them lol! I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to make something a habit, for me it’s cutting back the sugar and drinking more water each day.

    Ellie
    http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

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