Have you written down your New Year’s resolutions yet? How excited are you about your list? And how is it different than last year’s? Whether you believe in new year’s resolutions or not, there is almost no doubt that new beginnings have their own magic. Whether this is a new day, year, job, or place, new starts almost always come with the feelings of freshness and optimism.

With over 2 weeks into our new year, it is a good time to discuss how we can make the best out of new beginnings. A good start is asking yourself. how are you taking advantage of this fascinating opportunity of having a new blank page to fill? How many times do you find yourself filling in these pages with repeated or irrelevant objectives? How can your new year be different than all the previous ones?

Research shows that almost only 8% of the people who have new year resolutions keep them for the entire year! 8% seems like a small number, and so it is worth asking, why do most of our new year resolutions just fade away?

Resolutions are mostly wishes and dreams that you want to bring to life in your new year, and this requires some hard work, which does not usually last beyond January! Below are some tips that should help you work around your resolutions in a way that will help them last longer and also transform into real results:

1. Be clear about what you want.

The more you are specific in defining your goal, the higher the chances you will achieve it. So instead of saying “I want to be healthier”, define how this looks like. If it means you need to change your eating habits, workout more, or maybe cut back on smoking. Regardless of how this looks like to you, make sure you know it.

2. Understand why you want it.

This creates motivation and consistency. If you know why your goal exists, there is a higher chance that you will not let go of them when you have the chance. So always remind yourself why this is important to you.

3. Make sure your goal is measurable.

This might sound easy if your goal is a number of kilos that you are trying to lose or gain, but if your goal is more generic it is a good idea to monitor the progress and define how success looks like

4. Be realistic.

Who does not want to fix everything at once? But can you really do? Being realistic about your goals help you achieve them. This does not mean you cannot have stretch goals, but taking too big or too fast steps can easily leave you frustrated.

5. One step at a time.

Set time boundaries for your goals. This will help you feel the progress and celebrate the achievement. It can be useful to breakdown the big objective into smaller goals and tie this to clear timelines. This should also help keep your motivation alive.

6. Let go of goals that are irrelevant or that no longer serve you.

Think through your list of goals, and ask yourself, do I really want it? It is easy that we get trapped on the ‘must have’ goals, that we tend to forget if it is what we really want or not.

You don’t have just one opportunity to carry out a decision or achieve a goal. If you failed to carry them out, you don’t need to wait for the beginning of the next year. You can make a new resolution every day, and you can start again every day, if you failed in your first, second or even third attempt. There are no limitations on making new decisions and forming new goals, and there are no limitations on when to begin doing new things. Every day is suitable for making a resolution and a new beginning