It’s really easy to make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a lot harder to stick to them! Every year, you make a plan to do something in your life that will make your next year that much better. Those plans can range from losing weight to working out to taking more personal time for yourself. Although most people have the very best of intentions when starting out the New Year, their resolutions often quickly fall to the wayside. If this is you, how do you help ensure that you stick to your resolutions this time?

Don’t call them resolutions

One of the biggest reasons that resolutions fail is because we put too much pressure on ourselves by calling them “RESOLUTIONS”. They take on this larger-than-life level of importance that ultimately becomes too big to handle. Call them “lifestyle changes” instead. A lifestyle change is something that you can take your time adopting into your everyday existence. If you approach your resolution as an opportunity to change the way you think about or do something, you’ll be more apt to subconsciously realize that it’s something that you can accomplish.

Go into them with a friend

Setting your New Year’s goals can be overwhelming. You may have every intention of taking that 45-minute walk every day, but when it comes time to actually do it, you have a million excuses why you can’t. From taking care of the kids to being overworked, anything can help you make the decision not to do what you planned to do. With someone along for the ride, you’ll be able to hold yourself accountable. Find someone in your life who has a similar goal, and boost each other up. Thanks to smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, you can have the support partner or network that you need even if they’re across the country.

Break down your goals into manageable bites

Sometimes we set goals that are realistically impossible to achieve. Not because we can’t do them, but because there are so many other factors that weigh into whether we’re able to stick to the timetables for our plans. Children, work, school and other aspects of life weigh heavily on what we can handle within a specific time frame. If you break your goals down into manageable bites, you’ll be able to see more success. For instance, instead of planning to run two miles a day on the treadmill starting tomorrow, you could say you’re going to run for five minutes. Once you achieve that, you can add another five minutes. Little goals feel like big goals because the brain doesn’t differentiate between a 10-mile win and a one-mile win. It just feels the win.