How to Reboot Your New Year’s Resolution


“While a habit is by no means easy to change, it’s a more pragmatic and focused way of making a change you want to see in your life.”

I love making New Year’s Resolutions each January. I love the energy that it brings of anything is possible. New Year’s Resolutions give us a fresh start for the new year. We can forget what happened last year and move forward with new ideas and new dreams for ourselves.

…Until reality hits us like a ton of bricks and after only a month, we find ourselves back where we started. Our big ideas for the best year yet have already been crushed by the exhaustion of just day-to-day life. Suddenly this new priority we just created drops to last place. We realize maybe our new goal wasn’t such a priority after all. Or at least not a realistic one.

If you already threw in the towel on your New Year’s Resolution, you are not alone. According to Forbes, numerous studies show that around 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions this month. Maybe we made our new goals for the wrong reason, or we weren’t as committed as we thought we were.

So here we are… itching to reboot a New Year’s Resolution. Where do we start?

How to Reboot Your New Year’s Resolution

Well, we could do the exact same thing again and make the exact same Resolution. But if it didn’t work the first time, why would it work the second time? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is considered insanity you know. Or at least according to Einstein, and I do think he’s worth listening to.

Here is another suggestion…what if instead of making these over-the-top New Year’s Resolutions, we try something smaller and more manageable. What if this year we focused on just making small digestible changes we can achieve? What if we could change one of our unwanted habits?

A habit is defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. While a habit is by no means easy to change, it’s a more pragmatic and focused way of making a change you want to see in your life. Better yet, instead of trying to manage a resolution for an entire year, we can change a habit in a little over two months. According to the European Journal of Psychology 2009 study, it takes an average of 66 days to make a habit. Not a year. 66 days. All we need to do is determine one habit we want to change and commit to it for 66 days. Calculate it for yourself here!

What Habit Do You Want to Change?

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight. So instead of having a huge overwhelming goal to lose 10 lbs., try creating a new habit for yourself that leads to a healthier lifestyle such as walking for thirty minutes every day, eating more vegetables, or even just drinking more water.

Maybe you have financial goals – try focusing on curbing those bad habits of going out to lunch every day so you can save more. Or make your coffee at home instead of paying the $4+ out everyday. It adds up!

Whatever your goals are, I encourage you to reboot your New Year’s Resolution by committing to changing one of your habits. Forget those big overwhelming goals. Find that one small thing that you can work on. For 66 days, commit to making one new habit. It doesn’t have to be big. After you have successfully made a change for yourself, you can build on it with more positive habits. Creating small habits can allow us to accomplish our big goals, piece by piece, one new habit at a time.

Are you ready? Let’s reboot our New Year’s Resolution by making a new positive habit.

Thank you for reading How to Reboot Your New Year’s Resolution!  What new habit are you going to make? I can’t wait to hear back from you about the new habit you have created for yourself!

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2 responses to “How to Reboot Your New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Richard McGrath Avatar
    Richard McGrath

    Such good advice.

  2. Shannon Z Sawyer Avatar
    Shannon Z Sawyer

    Hmm… Einstein’s definition of insanity? You mean like when Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again in Groundhog Day?
    I see what you did there.

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