How to make your new year resolutions happen

Why is it so hard to complete your new year resolutions? Personally I don’t think we’re determined enough to see them out. We are not resolute about our resolutions. After all a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not to something. Firm is concrete and we simply need to get better at being hard about the choices we make. It takes practise so here’s some tips smashing your new year resolutions and goals out of the park in 2017 (and beyond)…


Prioritise your resolution list and then cut it in half

In our end of year holiday happiness we often commit to too many goals. You’re far better to cut your list in half, nail them all and feel great about doing so. From one over-committer to another, it’s not worth the stress. With a long list whether you complete it or not, you have the potential to lose the enjoyment of accomplishing one resolution because you’re hyper focused on the next goal. You never stop to enjoy what you’ve achieved. Do yourself a favour and prioritise what you want to be awesome at this year.


Make a plan

Once you know what you want to do, you need a plan. Your strategy needs to be rock solid so invest time in creating steps to your end goal. Be purposeful and unwavering as you figure out the finer details. I always recommend writing goals down and putting it where you can see it on a daily basis. For me this is this is on my fridge or on the bathroom mirror. Your goal and plan becomes a constant reminder of what you want and will serve as a focus prompt on being your best self on the way to your resolution completion.


Stick to your plan

Here’s the essential part, you must stick to your plan. Sound silly I know but this is generally where people fail. So create appointments in your phone or on your calendar which keep a check on your progress. Share your intentions with a buddy so you’re accountable and encourage them to check in with you about how you’re tracking. Being committed to your goals requires honesty so if you’re not going as well as you hoped be honest about it, shake it off and find yourself back to believing in making small gains to your bigger goal. For every sporting goal I have had, I’ve had a plan. Check points were always put in place and every session was a step towards the end goal. For me I found planning provided me with the focus I needed to stick to my strategy and ultimately my goal.


Every day is an opportunity to be brave

Roger Federer after winning the Australian Open a few days ago said “only the brave will be rewarded” and he is bang on. There’s a reason why you’ve chosen to make a resolution because it means something to you. Deep down you want to do it. Be brave enough to commit to being firm in what you want to achieve. This is your time so make the most of everyday with courageous intent.


One of my new year resolutions was to blog minimum once a month. As it’s the last day of January today I’m well aware that I’m cutting it thin. I know that I need to be accountable so I’m sharing this with you and I look forward to writing to you all in February at least once. Hopefully next month I won’t leave until the last day of the month!


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4 Responses to How to make your new year resolutions happen

  1. Helen January 31, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    Instead of resolutions I picked a word for the year and I try and base my year around that word.
    This year it’s “simplify” – don’t complicate things too much, with a two year old and a three month old things are complicated enough!

    Happy 2017 Sarah 🌸

    • Sarah Cowley February 27, 2017 at 1:16 am #

      Love it Helen! Well done you and I hope you and your family are going well X

  2. Rebecca February 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    Love this post, Sarah! Thanks for writing it. Your point about not trying to achieve too many goals at once stood out to me, and so I’ve rewritten my goals, and have actually chosen just one to target first (get up at 6am every day – no looking at my phone in bed before I get up!), as I think it will help me to provide the time to target my other goals subsequently. And I agree with you that the feeling of accomplishment gained from achieving one goal can help spur achievement on further goals. Thanks for the inspiration, and good luck with your goal of writing a new post each month! You can do it 🙂

    • Sarah Cowley February 27, 2017 at 1:16 am #

      Becky! Great to hear from you and super cool to read your goals. You go girl! How are you getting on with the 6am starts? Keep up the great stuff X

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