Updated: Jan 8, 2019
Some people do New Years' resolutions, but most give up on them. It's likely that the resolutions are going to the gym more or eating healthier. Some people even do the pie in the sky, "I will make this my best year yet"! Most people never stick to resolutions like this because they are 1. Too vague and 2. Don't feel achievable.
How do you set goals for yourself that you can stick with? As Creighton Abrams once said, "When eating an elephant take one bite at a time". If you want to eat healthier you cannot just say, "I'm going to eat healthier this year". That is too vague and not specific enough for you to achieve. You need to start out specific and simple. "I'm going to eat one serving of broccoli 4 times a week this week". Once you have completed that goal, then set another one. "I'm going to eat broccoli three times this week and peas three times this week", and so on and so forth. Before you know it you are eating a healthier diet just because you are making good habits by achieving small goals.
If you are wanting to work out more in the new year use the same mindset and goal setting. I'm going to ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes three days this week. Once these little goals become achievable it is easier to build upon them.
Now if you are a person that can go cold turkey and stop something all together then I salute you. I have only been able to do that three times: 1. Giving up soda, 2. Giving up Cheetos, and 3. Giving up animal products. I do better stopping something then starting something. If you are wanting to stop something then start phasing it out of your life. If you don't want to eat red meat anymore and you are eating it daily start by saying I'm going to cook fish three times this week. By adding things to your plate you have a more positive mindset than by 'removing' things from your plate.
I recommend keeping with the mindset of adding things to your life instead of taking them away. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you add things instead of when you are removing them. However, that doesn't fit every person. Some people love removing things from their lives (especially terrible ex-boyfriends or girlfriends). If this is you then remove all you want!