4 Useful Tricks to Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I don’t remember any of my New Year’s Resolutions.

Like, ever.

My problem is, I tell myself I’m going to stop drinking coffee entirely (when I’m desperately trying to stay under 6 cups a day – I know, that’s probably bad for me or something).

I promise myself I’m going to do 200 pushups and crunches every day (when I haven’t hit the gym in…well, probably since the last Hobbit movie).

Most college grads bite off more than they can chew, and they drop their resolutions like it’s hot before Valentine’s Day rolls around. With the success rate of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions hovering at a little under %10, here are 4 useful tricks to actually keep your resolutions without reverting back into the dollar-menu-junkie shopaholic you’re trying to change.

1. The Journey of 1000 Miles…

It begins with 5 pushups. With ordering a grande instead of a venti. With setting aside $20 a week.

If you’re like me, you tend to have these ridiculous ideas on how to reach those goals, like saying you’re going to run 5 miles a day, 6 days a week. Like saying you’re going to save %50 of your paycheck.

Like me, and countless others, you’ll inevitably realize how impossible it is, and you’ll begin to hate life and your schedule and everything there ever was, and you’ll probably end up getting “back” at life by eating a carton of Oreos, spending $300 at Nordstrom’s, and binging on Netflix for a month.

Don’t make your resolutions impossible to maintain. Start small, and build up.

2. Make a Hardcore Schedule

For long-term goals like saving up money, losing weight, or “becoming a better person” somehow (I love this goals because they’re so hilariously vague), you probably won’t achieve your dreams by Saturday. Or even the end of the month. Or months.

With that said, the key to countless long-term goals is to make a schedule, a grid, a plan. Like my scary ol’ dad used to say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Lemme tell ya right now, if you actually stick end up “saving money” without any real plan, I will eat my hat. And I love my hat.

Planning ahead is key, college grads. You’ll find that sticking to a budget or losing those pounds is a lot easier (hell, you’ll find it’s possible) with a set schedule.

3. Hire a Sidekick

If you’re not serious about resolutions: don’t tell anybody. I promise you, you won’t keep them. Not for long.

Why? Because when life gets hard, when you see your successful over-achiever friends posting yet another gym photo of their ripped abs with hashtag #justgettingstarted, you get tired, discouraged, or unmotivated (all of which will happen, very soon), there won’t be anyone to kick you in the ass and tell you to keep going.

Tell someone. Maybe team up with someone on a particular goal. If Batman, the greatest superhero of all time (besides Jesus) occasionally needs Robin to help him out, you do too.

4. Look – Just Do It

At the end of the day, no amount of preparation, accountability, or playing the Rocky soundtrack over and over again will ensure that you keep your resolutions. It’s on you.

Stop putting your faith in someone or something else to ensure your success.

What New Year’s Resolutions have you made that you’ll achieve no matter what?

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  1. Honestly, I didn’t make a resolution this year. But I did do the Polar Bear Plunge this morning down at La Jolla Shores for the 3rd year in a row! 61 degree water temperature, brrrrrr. But, my suggestion for anyone out there looking for a resolution would be to study your Bible each day. I made that resolution about 7 years ago…..not once have I regretted it. And I recommend starting in Genesis and reading all the way to Revelation…forces you to not pick and choose what you want to hear….and when you finish the whole thing…start over…..for we never outgrow our need for the Gospel.

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