10 Easy New Year Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

I’m like many others on this day. I’m not a big new year’s resolution person. I am huge on setting goals, but resolutions seem to be broken more than they are kept. Perhaps it’s a bias we have towards resolutions. I think part of the reason, however, is that when we set goals, we are more realistic, but when we set resolutions, they are often so lofty we’ll never attain them. We give up shortly after we start.

What if we set easy-to-follow resolutions?

This is the time of year when we reflect on the previous year and look forward to the new. In this new year, as every year, I want to do more and live better than I did in the previous year.

Do you want a few resolutions you can actually keep?

Here are 10 easy resolutions you can actually keep:

1. Dear God, we will talk more this year.
2. I will think before I eat.
3. I will do some form of exercise or physical activity every week.
4. I’ll open my Bible every day.
5. I’ll improve at least one relationship.
6. I’ll organize one closet (or even one drawer).
7. I’ll learn one new skill.
8. I’ll attempt to be a better listener.
9. I’ll smile more. (Stretch yourself and insert laugh here.)
10. I’ll remind myself of one thing I’m thankful for everyday.

These may not be “change your life” resolutions. Honestly, how well do you keep those anyway? These are resolutions you can actually keep. But, don’t even try to keep all of them. Pick two or three  as your own. (Or come up with your own.) You have a whole year to accomplish it. Make a fresh start in a few areas, you’ll begin to see progress, and it will inspire you to do even more.

The key to accomplishing any goal or keeping any resolution is starting and then continuing until it becomes a habit. This year, lower your bar just a little in hopes that positive change actually sticks.

Every major accomplishment starts somewhere.

What are some other easy-to-keep resolutions?

What positive changes are you going to make in the new year?

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23 thoughts on “10 Easy New Year Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

  1. I guess it's always good to post it somewhere near your bed so just before you go to sleep, you can reflect whether you did something on that day to keep those goals and reminder each day just before you get off of bed that you have to do something about these resolutions or else some or worse all in your lists could end up in failure. I love this list. It's very realistic.

  2. You mention that the goals you listed "may not change your life," but I think they very well can. I believe it's the small things we do that add up over time to make a huge difference. Because I've set a lot of goals for my next birthday in August, I decided to create a prayer list for my 2012 resolutions/goals. They are still goals, but I'm taken a different approach that I've done before. I am committing to praying for 5 specific things every day over the next year. Some are similar to ones you've listed. You've confirmed my approach with your post.
    Twitter: KariScare

  3. Even in the midst of trials keep a positive attitude. Not always easy to do with medical issues. Our trust is in the one who created us.Very good list.

  4. I'm not into lists. I blogged about it yesterday. I've made the most significant changes in my life throughout the year in serendiptious moments. Although I do like your use of "ones." Taking it a step further, how can we do just one of those things "today." Don't think about the full year. Create some traction with tiny wins. Nice post Ron.

  5. I'm sharing this list with the masses! I'm posting this list on all my networks (attributing it to you and linking back here of course).

    We make things too complicated. This is simple. It is doable. The return on investment is high.