Resolutions – Beyond the “Honeymoon” Period

Setting any goal can be exhilarating at the beginning, until the challenge, routine, or other distractions get in the way. This can be even more daunting with resolutions you make at the beginning of a new year. There is an often unspoken pressure to succeed every day without a slip. While this would be “nice”, it’s rather unrealistic.

So what is a person to do? Here are three things I do when I feel my resolutions (I call them “determinations”) lose steam:

Remember why you chose to pursue the goal in the first place. Pull out your list or create one if you didn’t your whys down.

Take a step back and choose one action you have complete control over, you know you can do it (within your responsibilities and constraints), and choose a specific amount of time (so you know when it’s “done”). Then act.

Ask for help – whether it comes in the form of additional knowledge, encouragement, and/or accountability.

In the end, your goal is to build a good habit. Just like the not-so-good one, they can take time to establish and are difficult to break (which is good news).

Have a great day,


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