It’s a new year, and many of us have a long list of resolutions: lose weight, get more sleep, be nicer to friends and family, etc. It’s great to make these resolutions, but how many of us keep them? According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. That’s pretty sad.

I used to have a long list of resolutions, ranging from losing weight to finding a boyfriend. Resolutions are good and all, but they lack focus. They are too broad. Instead of resolutions, set goals. They are more specific and attainable. If you’ve already made resolutions, you can turn them into goals. Here are some tips:

  1. Break down your resolution (now goal) and ask yourself these questions:
    • Why is this goal important?
    • How do I plan to achieve this goal?
    • How long will it take for me to achieve this goal? Be realistic.
  2. Once you’ve answered the questions above, prioritize your goals.
  3. Create a worksheet to track your goals. There are many templates to choose from online.
  4. Review your goals weekly; modify if necessary.
  5. Share your goals with at least one other person, so they can hold you accountable.
  6. Journal the goal setting process. Document your successes and non-successes (failure is such a strong word). You’ll be surprised at what you learn about yourself.
  7. Be consistent! Sporadically working on your goals will not garner results.
  8. Be patient (this is my biggest flaw, but I’m working on it). Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  9. Take care of self: make sure you’re eating and sleeping well. You can’t get any work done if you’re not feeling good.
  10. Celebrate! Goal setting is not easy. Give yourself a pat on the back and then treat yourself!

This list may look overwhelming, but I bet you’ll accomplish more than your original resolution. What are your goals for 2020? Feel free to share in the comments or via email at I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year, and Much Love!

-The Curvy Doc