Making Resolutions Stick

By Tania Walter Gardiner

What will make your resolutions stick?

Here are a few things I have learned that support commitment and follow through on intentions for the new-year.

  • Begin by celebrating:  As you close 2012, what are you celebrating?
  • Transitioning into the new-year, what worked well that you want to continue within 2013?
  • What would you like to change or be different to be a better ‘you’ than what you have done in the past?
  • Looking forward into the new-year, what do you want to create?

Be clear

To be successful in following through on your intentions, be clear on what it is you truly want to create for yourself and determine why that resolution is important to you. Then ask yourself, ‘what steps am I going to take to achieve that resolution?’ followed by ‘how will I know I achieved my resolution?’ then ‘how am I going to purposefully and intentionally commit to my resolution?’

Prevent the fizzle

New years’ resolutions fizzle because change is challenging. A resolution that is aligned with your deepest values and setting values-based goals greatly increases your motivation to follow through. Achieving goals feels satisfying, even during difficult times. Building in accountability that is the right fit for you is an important piece – hire a coach, get a mentor, have a success buddy.


Contributing member: Tania Walter Gardiner,  MA, BA, ACC 
Tania is a certified professional solutions and values focused coach and consultant who works with individuals and teams helping them to gain clarity, focus and direction, enabling them to live their definition of success in business and life. To explore coaching with Tania, visit her website:  Integral Connections.

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