It’s that most wonderful time of the year where we say goodbye to an incredibly event-filled year and say hello to a year that promises to be more incredible….and event-filled. And while it’s not absolutely necessary for one to make a New Year’s resolution, it doesn’t hurt to have a plan of what you intend to do in the upcoming year. Sticking to your New Year’s resolution is one thing, but actually coming up with one – and a realistic one at that – is something else. Allow us to assist you with our list of steps for making a New Year’s resolution….and keeping it.

1. Just pick one thing –  If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. You can burn yourself out. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with. Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. Small steps can travel massive journeys.

2. Plan ahead – To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Go to the library and get books on the subject. Or use the wonderful Internet (Youtube is amazing when it comes to “101” Courses). If you do enough research you should even be looking forward to making the change. Get everything ready so things will run smoothly and you can manage hurdles when it happens. That being said….

3. Anticipate problems – There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard, you can work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.

4. Pick a start date – You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes. But start slowly and surely and if it’s for you, you will feel the process becoming more exciting each day.