It’s that time of year again, and when you are looking to make a New Year’s resolution happen, there are some tips to help you. Your resolution may be to lose weight, increase the amount of muscle that you have, or start clean eating. Whatever it may be, there are ways to make sure that it happens this year.

Establish a Goal

Before you can do anything towards a resolution, you have to actually set a goal. Simply saying you want to “lose weight” or “tone your body” is not enough. These are very basic, and it will be possible for you to track your progress if you don’t know what you actually hope to accomplish.

Your goal should be as specific as possible, and be deadline oriented. Examples include:

  • Losing 10 pounds by March 1
  • Dropping 5% body fat by June 1
  • Fitting into a size 4 by the start of summer

All of these are goals, and they should be personalized based upon what is important to you. Additionally, they need to be obtainable. If it is completely impossible for you to drop to a size 4 by the start of summer, start out slower. Maybe you can get to a size 8 and then be to a size 4 by winter.

If you don’t set a goal, you won’t know when you have gotten there. If you don’t set a deadline, you may never reach your goal. Further, if you set an unattainable goal, you will never be able to reach your goal and you will be disappointed in yourself when you reach the deadline.

Create an Action Plan

The only way for you to meet your New Year’s resolution is if you create an action plan. How is it that you are going to get from where you are right now to your goal?

The action plan should be based upon you as an individual – you cannot copy someone else’s plan. Are you going to eat healthier? Are you going to go to the gym? What are you going to go? The more specific you are within your action plan, the easier it will be to follow it throughout the year.

Celebrate the Little Victories

It might take a while for you to reach your New Year’s resolution. For example, if you have chosen to try and lose 20 or 30 pounds, this isn’t going to come off overnight. However, you should celebrate the little victories along the way – such as losing 10 pounds, fitting into a new dress, or dropping several inches in a week.

Celebrating will help you to keep your eye on the goal without losing steam. If you never celebrate, it will be all about the goal, and you will find that life becomes dull. This small celebrations can be what helps to keep you motivated so that you continue to work hard towards reaching the resolution.