At the beginning of 2014, I discussed New Year’s Resolutions and how people shouldn’t take life-changing decisions so lightly or make them in the spur of the moment. If you really want to change yourself, New Year’s Eve should not be the day you make such decisions.

Some people convince themselves every year that this year will be different from the last and that they’ll be able to achieve their resolutions. For all those people out there, you need to reflect on your actions for the past month and a half. Are you really on track to achieving your resolutions? If the answer is yes, then kudos to you! You have the necessary determination to reach your goals. If the answer is no, you might want to reconsider your plan of action, or even the resolutions themselves.

Do you really want to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions? Then you need to have a concrete plan to do so! Remind yourself everyday of what you want to achieve; whether it’s by having it written down in a place you frequent or automating our phone to remind you every week, make sure you have something to remind you of your goal. This tactic helps you get back on your path if you ever go astray.

Now that you have a constant reminder of what you want to achieve, start working towards it in baby steps. Having a problem and tackling it little by little is much more efficient than trying to fight it head-on. Also, set up mini goals or “checkpoints” so that the journey doesn’t seem as daunting, and every time you achieve something – even if it might appear to be insignificant in comparison to your final goal – rejoice! You deserve it.

If you feel like you don’t want to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions anymore, then ask yourself this: what made you pick these resolutions in the first place? There must have been a significant factor in your decision, so see if that needs to be worked out first. New Year’s Resolutions should not be repeated every year. If you’re like me and you don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, you should still take the time to analyze your life, but don’t do it on NYE – it’s really lost its purpose. People make resolutions because that’s what everybody else is doing, not because they’re ready to make a change. I’m not against reflecting your actions and seeing if you can better yourself in any way, shape, or form, because you definitely can, but it’s important to realize that change can start at any time as long as you’re committed and persistent.

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