Another year has come to an end, and another has just begun. So, now that the new year is here, what resolutions have you made?

There's been a lot of research on the topic of New Year's resolutions, and the numbers are bit all over the place. However, one study revealed that about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year's resolutions but only about 8 percent of us are successful in achieving them.

That's not very good at all.

So, what can you do to get your New Year's resolutions to actually stick? According to Toastmasters International, plenty. For starters, you don't have to try to do them all at once. Says Lark Doley, Toastmasters' 2018-19 International President,

"Establishing a list of objectives for the new year can be very helpful as it allows you to reflect on how you can improve yourself. However, it's not important that all your resolutions start in January. Perhaps start working on one or two at the beginning of the year, and others throughout the year. When you complete a resolution, cross it off your list, and celebrate the accomplishment."

If you want to improve the chances you'll keep your New Year's resolutions this year, Toastmasters offers these five powerfully effective tips:

1. Make a list (and check it twice for "realism").

Writing your goals down makes them tangible. Checking back on your resolutions and goals often will help keep you on track to meet them.

2. Start small.  

Be realistic and honest with yourself. Start with a goal that is easy to achieve in a short time to gain a sense of accomplishment. Make the resolutions specific and time-bound.

3. Set manageable goals.

Although you might have several goals, refrain from creating a list that is too daunting or difficult to achieve.

4. Hold yourself accountable.  

Sharing your goals and experiences with family and friends will help keep you focused on meeting your objectives. Some people have also found that having an accountability partner helps them stay on track.

5. Celebrate your successes.

Your confidence will grow with each goal you achieve. Keep working on your list and stay positive.

Published on: Jan 7, 2019
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