5 Psychological Tricks to Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Every New Year we reflect on how we spent the last twelve months. Many of us begin to consider the things that we want to change and achieve.

The New Year gives us the freshest start we can get. It’s what psychologists call a temporal landmark, a certain point in time that creates a sense of renewal.

But a new year’s resolution shouldn’t be impossible to maintain after the initial excitement dies down — and psychology can help you achieve it.

Stop Making Vague Goals and Write SMART Ones

SMART Goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely goals. When you have more specific goals, they become more actionable and time-bound.

Write down every accomplishment and setback to gain a better view of how close or far you are to achieving your new year’s resolution.

Reframe the Way You Track Progress

The fresh start effect peaks on January 1 and could explain why you want to make a new year’s resolution to begin with.

Know When to Rely on the Fresh Start Effect

However, it's not ideal for everyone. It depends on the resolution itself. Use this instead to renew your commitment to your new year’s resolution.

Sharing your new year’s resolution with people you trust can also create an environment more conducive to your goal.

Build a Support System

By letting people know about your new year’s resolution, they can expect and even support changes in your routines and behaviors.

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