What it Really Takes to Make a Resolution Last; Goals and Behavior Changes

Among the midst of the holiday hustle, there’s another looming thought that may be creeping into many of your minds or the table topic of conversation with family and friends.


I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never been a New Year’s resolution setter.

Honestly I think that if you have to wait for one day out of 365 days to make and start something you want to truly accomplish, you’ve wasted time in achieving your goal!

While I do understand and appreciate that many use it as a time to reflect on the year behind you, which many of us this year may want to just completely forget, and focus on something new, typically to better yourself.

Another thing that I slightly despise out of New Year’s resolution making is that it’s such a “trendy” thing do, and it’s almost a norm to not make your resolution last. Whatever, it’s your decision, but I ask, “why waste time even thinking about doing something if you aren’t going to really make it last?”

Did you know that among the other rumors, that it takes 21 or 30 days to make something a habit, that it actually takes 66 days!?

Yes! 66 days.

Here’s an additional great read that talks more about this: How long does it really take for a new behavior to become a habit?

So if you wonder why you make it to only February or maybe March with your resolution and then it just doesn’t seem to stick anymore, it’s because you didn’t push through the actual amount of time you needed to make a behavior change.

The other problem many run into, and I see this in the professional field just as much as with our personal selves, is that we have the end goal in mind, but we don’t really take time to map out the actions it will take to get there.

Which is completely understandable as well, I mean no one is actually asking you what steps are you going to take to accomplish your New Year’s resolution. The are asking you, “what is your resolution?”

The truth is, if we’d focus less on the resolution, and more on the little bites that need to happen, make progress daily, we’d not only see it as much easier to achieve, we’d actually achieve the goal.

It’s much easier to focus on daily tasks such as, eating a healthy lunch each day or exercising a minimum of three times each week than, “by June I want to go to the gym every day and lose 15 pounds”.

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If it’s the start of a new year or just another day where you are ready to make a big or small change, then knowing how to set yourself up to make it last is one of the most important parts.

I don’t want you to waste your time!

I know your intentions are good, but will you really make it happen and achieve your goal?

Will you feel the same way about your goal in 30 days? 60 days? 67 days?

This is why it’s so important to think beyond just the goal itself.

Yes, it creates a little more work, but if you are really wanting to achieve the behavior changes for yourself, then you have to put in some effort. And hey, at least it won’t be wasted effort!

Things to consider when setting a new goal

Map it out, know what you need to do each month, week, and day to make behavior changes

Focus on the day-to-day steps to achieve the end goal

Hang in there until day 67

As I mentioned, many people don’t know how to get there. Or they know that there needs to be an action plan but don’t know where to even start.

For this reason, I created a simple to use “Plan for Crushing my Goal” template, bundled as a bonus item with the 66 Day New You Workout Program

Filling this out takes your New Year’s resolution from being a goal, to achieving your goal and making it a lifestyle!

This simple to use template helps you...

Set a start and end date - Clearly define when you’ve reached your goal - Keeps you focused by encouraging you to think about why you are setting the goal - Identify 3 ways to reach your goal - A 66 day tracker to help you stay accountable and focused

If you’ve made resolutions in the past that have failed or you didn’t even start, or you are looking to make new changes, now is the time.

If you are looking to focus on your healthy lifestyle and want to focus in on exercise, the 66 Day New You Workout Program is perfect for you! You not only will get the bonus goal template, but also a 28 Day Well-Being Reset calendar. With this bundle, you will be well on your way to a fresh start and new YOU for the year. Learn more about it by going HERE

Need more direction and accountability?

That’s where I come into play.

Sign up for a FREE consultation where we talk about your goals, where you are at today, and where you want to be tomorrow, next week, and six months from now. From there we can decide which program is really best for you and your current lifestyle.

No matter what you do, don’t let your New Year’s resolutions die. Something is urging you to make them, actually accomplishing them should be the other part of that goal!

Tell me in the comments, do you set New Year’s resolutions?

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