How to Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

At Moloney Family Funeral Homes, our friendly staff members know how difficult it can be to stick with New Year’s resolutions. Even if you start the new year off strong, you may quickly feel like you can’t commit to following your resolution for months on end. When this happens, you may want to think about whether the resolution you set was achievable. Many of our neighbors in Bohemia, Hauppauge, and Long Island set New Year’s resolutions that are too extreme or demanding and thus difficult to maintain over time.


Here are some tips on how to make realistic New Year’s resolutions this year:


Ask yourself what you’d like to change.


The new year is a great time to assess any goals that you have in life. Perhaps you’d like to exercise more, eat healthier foods, or take up a new hobby. When it comes to seeing a New Year’s resolution through, it’s important to have the motivation to make a particular life adjustment or create a new habit. You’re more likely to stick with something you feel passionately about changing.


Make your resolution achievable.


When formulating a New Year’s resolution, think about what you can realistically achieve. If a goal is too difficult or lofty, it won’t be easy to summon the energy to see it accomplished, and you may find yourself more likely to give up on it.


Be as specific as you can.


In addition to setting a resolution that’s within reach, try to be as specific as you can. Rather than saying, “I’d like to lose weight,” instead try phrasing your resolution like, “I’d like to lose ten pounds this year.” This will not only help you know when you’ve achieved your goal, but it will also give you a measurable goal so that you can celebrate milestones along the way.


Run your resolution by a friend or family member.


Even if you write your resolution down on paper and place it somewhere prominent in your home, it’s a good idea to tell a close friend or family member about your resolution. Especially if this person lives with you or sees you regularly, they can help hold you accountable.


Set up an action plan.


We plan nearly everything in life, so why not write up an action plan for your New Year’s resolution? It doesn’t have to be elaborate or extremely detailed. Simply write down the things you commit to doing every day or each week to help you achieve your resolution.

Remember that creating new habits and following through with personal goals is difficult. If your New Year’s resolution involves preplanning your funeral or cremation, contact our experienced team today.