Follow our tips on how to make them… and stick to them
1 Choose carefully
Aiming for an overhaul of our entire lifestyle is a recipe for disappointment and guilt. Keep it simple and focus on one or two goals that will have the greatest impact on happiness, health and fulfilment — for example, giving up smoking will improve your health and give you a sense of pride.
2 Be realistic
Don’t aim too high — consider your previous experience with resolutions. What led to failure then? It may be that you signed up to too many exercise classes or expected to save an unrealistic amount of money. Set yourself clear, realistic goals such as losing half a stone, saving £20 a month, or going for a run once a week.
3 Make notes
Write down your resolutions in a notebook, and remember to add your motivations. Fill it with photos of your slimmer self, pictures of whatever you are saving up for, or even a shocking credit card statement!
4 Receive support
Choose trustworthy, supportive friends and explain your plans to them. Let them know how they can help when the going gets tough.
5 Treat yourself
Reward yourself at important milestones. But don’t fall into the trap of putting your goal in danger — it’s too easy for a dieter to say, ‘I’ve been so good, I deserve some chocolate’. And don’t give up!