How To Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Fail


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Most of you wait for the new year with such anticipation because you want to start working on your new year’s resolution.

I have a friend who starts making her new year’s resolution as early as November of the previous year.

I once asked her why she just can’t start her plans in November.  She said that she strongly believes new goals and ideas should always start at the beginning of the year.

Even though I don’t share the same beliefs as she does, the starting of a new year is a good time for new beginnings.


Most of you make new goals and are excited to start working on them.

The most common one is losing weight.

Others include: gain more muscle, complete your degree, get pregnant, meditate daily, buy a house, get a new job, stop smoking, start a business  -and the list goes on.

Many of you don’t follow through with these resolutions.

I’ve also made resolutions in the past that I did not follow through. I realized my failure had to do with my attitude.

The reason why your resolutions fail may have something to do with your attitude as well.

In this article, I want to talk about three things that you can do to make sure your new year’s resolutions don’t fail.


  • Recall

I’m sure at the beginning of last year you probably had made a similar resolution like the one you made this year.  Take a moment and think about it.

If it was to stop smoking or start a business, ask yourself how far you went or how much time you spent with this goal last year?

Two weeks? Three months?

It’s important to think this through because you can learn from your past mistakes.

Failure is not always such a bad thing as we can learn and grow from the experience.

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  • Review

Secondly, I want you to review your past resolution.

Ask yourself some questions and be honest with the answers.

If you made the same resolution last year, what discouraged you?  What can you do differently this year?

There were some challenges that you must have faced that made you unable to continue with your goal.

Do you need to change your friends and find some new ones?

Having friends who do not encourage your goals will make you unable to achieve anything.

Do you need to get rid of some debt? Too much debt may get in the way of starting a business or a similar venture.

Once you start to review and evaluate where you went wrong, you will be better equipped this year.

If someone you know had a similar resolution and succeeded, do not beat yourself up because you were not successful.

Focus on the areas that you can improve on.

Think about at least three things you achieved, even if your achievements may have been very small and short-lived.

Write those achievements down and give yourself credit for them.

If you are making this resolution for the first time, ask yourself if it is realistic and achievable.

I know of one nurse who always talks about opening her own Nursing Home at the beginning of each year, but will do nothing toward attaining her dream.

I know many nurses who own and run nursing homes. It is a huge undertaking and needs a lot of planning.

It is great to have big plans, but remember they have to be realistic and achievable.


  • Renew

Lastly, I want you to renew your passion.

Whatever your resolution is be passionate about it.

Make your new year’s resolution realistic and specific.

Take baby steps toward achieving your goal, this will make it easier for you to succeed.

Avoid looking at what others are doing so that you do not get discouraged.


Find someone who you’ll be accountable to. This person should be a positive person who encourages and supports you during those days when you feel like giving up.

Start working toward your goal today, by focusing on that one thing or one step you can do now.

Believe in your new year’s resolution and have a positive attitude toward achieving it.

Don’t forget that it’s your attitude at the beginning of a difficult task, which will affect its successful outcome.


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  1. Enjoyed your blog! Happy New Year! I couldn’t agree more regarding the importance of finding someone you will be accountable to. provides mentors to nurses and nursing students with disabilities. Mentors can be excellent people to be accountable to. “Lean In”!

    • Joyce says:

      Yes Donna.
      Mentors are always a great help.
      When we are accountable to someone, we will most likely succeed.

  2. Joyce, this is wonderful! So often we want to move right on to setting new goals. We think, “Well, I failed before so let me try something new this time in an attempt to succeed!” But then we are rushing ourselves right back into failure again. I agree with and love that you suggest we take a moment to renew our passion. If the goal we are setting is not one that we are really excited about then of course we are not going to make any progress. Great post. I loved it. Enjoy your health today!

    • Joyce says:

      Elizabeth, you are right about getting excited about our goals.
      Sometimes we set goals that feel like a drag, when it comes to doing them.
      Isn’t it easy to do do things that we have a passion for?

  3. Recall. Review. Renew. A powerful threesome. I love this. Thanks for helping me with my own resolutions. Great post!

    • Joyce says:

      Thanks for visiting.
      I laughed at the description, but I’m glad I could help.

  4. I think one of the things is very beneficial about new year’s resolutions is goal setting.
    We need goals in order to keep ourselves oriented and focused and to lead us on a proper path.

    This is an excellent post. 🙂

    • Joyce says:

      Yes Brittney.
      Setting goals is important and it will definitely keep us focused.
      It’s very difficult to achieve much without goals.