RESOLUTION: Psychologist, Ms Nicole Pierotti details the five key steps to make your New Year's Resolutions a reality.
RESOLUTION: Psychologist, Ms Nicole Pierotti details the five key steps to make your New Year's Resolutions a reality. Matt

Resolutions for the new year

IT IS that time of year again where we reflect on the year that was and plan for the year to come.

Leading up to January 1, those determined to make 2017 one to remember are crafting their list of New Year's resolutions.

"Every year around 40% of Australians write down their New Year's resolutions, yet only around 12% actually stick to them,” psychologist Nicole Pierotti said.

"Thinking you want to achieve something and turning it into a reality requires some commitment and careful planning,” she said.

Ms Pierotti suggests the reason most resolutions fail is the lack of tools needed to turn them from simple wishes into actual achievements.

In preparation for this year's resolutions, Ms Pierotti has prepared a list of key tips to follow when making practical New Year's resolutions that work.

Baby Steps: Rather than list the final goal, start with a list of smaller steps required to make the changes that lead to the final goal. Eg, if the goal is get fit, then list how you will change your diet and exercise program to achieve this goal.

Connect: Tune into the feeling you have when you visualise your goal, eg 'happy', 'light', 'positive'. Tuning into feelings will help you visualise your goal and bring it to fruition.

Back and forth: It's worth taking the time to reflect on your previous experiences of making a resolution and then thinking forward into the future. Taking time to review and reflect on the past can give you the determination and commitment to achieve your goal going forward.

Stop and pause: Be prepared to reflect on and review your goals along the way. Goals can be refined as situations or circumstances change, being realistic can help keep you on your path without becoming disillusioned.

Pen Power: The simple act of handwriting your goals is an empowering approach to framing your tasks in an action-orientated way and will help you enjoy a sense of achievement as tasks are completed.

Taking these five aspects into consideration when writing your resolutions will help turn New Year wishes into a reality.