Jan 2, 2014

How to set resolutions and actually achieve them

Hello 2014! I wish you guys all the best ahead. A new year : a new start.

I had a great NYE with my friends and my boyfriend. We made yummy Vietnamese food and drank quite a bit. My mom and dad also called me from Vietnam to wish me a happy new year. Then we headed out to center for fireworks. It was probably 5 C degrees, yet we were by the sea so it was very windy and super cold. The firework show was perfect. My friends went for clubbing and drinking but my boyfriend and I refused to join. We went home for warmth together.

That was how I spent the NYE. I hope you all had a great one too!

As usual, it should be the time to set fabulous resolutions for 2014. Honestly, I failed badly last year. None of the resolutions was achieved.  It is such a shame that I must try to avoid this year.
So, this year, instead of sharing 2014 resolutions, I would share some tips to make resolutions you are actually able to do and achieve? 

From what I have learnt, there are two things you should keep in mind to assure achievable resolutions:
  • Never set your resolution by somebody else’s resolutions
  • Make your resolutions as specific as possible

I used to look up from other people and see what their resolutions are. If I found something cool and interesting, I would immediately pick it up, add to my resolution list and think that I would do the same. But most of the time, I failed at having an urge to actually make myself work on such a resolution. Even when I started, I would quickly drop because of losing motivation.

If you don’t know where to start, focus on your area of problems. What kind of problem in life you want to stop or improve in the new year? You have problem with your job? What don’t you like about it? Is the problem coming from you? How can you fix it? Ask yourself as many questions as possible. It is such a great way to see the underlying problem and find a practical resolution for it.

When making the resolutions, be as specific as possible. Instead of “work out more”, I would set my goal as “work out 5 times a week: 2 cardio and 3 weights”. Put more thoughts on your resolution. If possible, take time to write a concrete plan on what should be done to achieve a resolution.

With these tips, I hope that you guys will be able to make great resolutions and fulfill them at the end of the year. May I keep 2014 resolutions for myself? Or may I may deliberately reveal it during the year along with the progress journal?

I hope you all will start a new year with great energy and motivation. 

All the best ahead! 


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  1. Keeping those resolutions super specific is a great way to ensure success! I hope you are doing well. Thanks for sharing!


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