How to Start AND Finish Your 2022 New Year’s Resolution

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Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution hoping that this year would be different than the last?

Maybe you had a goal to go to the gym every evening after work but have found yourself too tired and indulging in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream on the couch.

It’s a big step to change something about your normal lifestyle. You only become more of the person you are today, so make a change– and let Tria Health help you!

Before You Make a Resolution

Have you ever asked yourself why we make resolutions?

Resolutions originate way back to 4,000 years ago during the Babylonians period. They would hold celebrations for the new year. During these celebrations, they would crown a new king or reaffirm loyalty to the reigning king, then make promises to the gods to pay their debts. The Babylonians believed that if they kept their word, their gods would allow favor on their life for the coming year. Over the years, the term “New Year’s resolution” became a more popular term to communicate how the new year would bring new beginnings and commitments that we want to change.

The Babylonians had a clear reason behind their promises (resolutions). Before you make a resolution, take time to discover why you want to make this change and what it means to you and your lifestyle.

Where to Start

To start off being successful in your resolution, you should set specific goals. A great method to use is the SMART goals method. SMART goals help you to identify the clear results that you are working to achieve.

S – Specific: What will be accomplished? What actions will you take?

M – Measurable: What data will measure the goal? (How much? How well?)

A – Achievable: Is the goal doable? Do you have the necessary skills and resources?

R – Relevant: How does the goal align with the broader goals? Why is the result important?

T – Time-Bound: What is the time frame for accomplishing the goal?

This layout should give you a clear vision of what you hope to achieve, and a plan mapped out of how to get to that result.

Find a Community

It’s important to not embark on this journey alone. You will want people that will reach out to you and challenge you and encourage you to keep going toward your goal.

If you need an incentive to keep yourself committed to your goal, you can go to StickK is a website where you can make a financial pledge that you’ll lose if you don’t reach your goal. They offer communities to join with similar goals and several tools to keep you on track towards your goal.

What If You Fail? Try, Try Again

This is not going to be an easy journey and challenges will arise. You may miss a day, fall back into old habits, or simply just want to give up. Whatever the case may be, try not to be too hard on yourself.

Here are a few ways to be kind to yourself and not put yourself down:

  • Instead of “I blew it. What’s the point now?”

…say, “That was a bad decision, but a good learning opportunity. What’s my next step?”

  • Instead of, “My legs are SO sore. I can’t possibly work out today”

…say, “Let’s give my leg muscles a rest today. What can I do to work my arms?”

or: “Of course my muscles are sore. They’re supposed to be. It will get easier.”

  • Instead of, “This is too hard!”

…say, “Making it through today is going to really build my confidence.”

Tria Health Can Help

Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program offers one-on-one, private consultations with a Tria Health Pharmacist. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. Tria Health will assist you in identifying any possible drug interactions or savings opportunities! Your pharmacist will work with you and your doctor(s) to ensure the intended outcomes from your medications are being received.


Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742


Exploring the history behind New Year’s Resolutions (

New Year’s Resolutions: When Did They Start? | Merriam-Webster

University of California I SMART Goals: A How to Guide

Recommendations for Goal Setting

It is easy to feel stuck in life by knowing what you want to achieve but not knowing how to get there. Setting goals can feel like an overwhelming task. Without them however, you will lack focus and direction. Goal setting lets you determine your own success and plan for the future. Follow the steps below to accomplish your goals.

What is Goal Setting?

Have you ever wondered why you can not stick to your New Year’s Resolution? The answer is simple, resolutions are passive. The intention is there, but there is not any plan to make you follow through. Goal setting is active and can be defined as the process of deciding what to accomplish, then planning.

Steps to Achieving Your Goals

  1. Set goals that motivate you. These goals should be ones that are of interest to you. If they are a high priority to you, then you will be motivated to achieve them. Write down why the goal is valuable to enforce commitment and urgency.
  2. Set SMART goals. For a goal to be effective it must be SMART. SMART stands for:
    • Specific
      • Ambiguity is not desired when defining a goal. Make goals precise to provide direction.
    • Measurable
      • Always quantify goals to aid in measuring success. For example, if your goal is to save money how will you know if you have been successful? How much money are you trying to save? Is it hundreds or thousands of dollars? Quantifying a goal will make it more impactful.
    • Attainable
      • Remember that goals can be unattainable. If you strive to accomplish something unattainable you will only feel discouraged and unempowered. Consider your limitations but do not let them define you. Furthermore, do not set goals that are to simple to complete, you will only get bored as there is not much achievement in it.
    • Relevant
      • Set goals that benefit you. Evaluate why a goal is important. Once you identify the key benefit, incorporate it into the actual big picture goal.
    • Time Bound
      • Have a deadline to help eliminate any procrastination. This is also an important part of measuring success.
  3. Write your goals down. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, conducted a study that concluded you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly.
  4. Create regular check-ins. Goal setting is ongoing. Check on your progress from time to time to make sure you are still on the right track. You can use different tools such as an online calendar, planner, or smartphone to check your progress.
  5. Celebrate wins. Even if small, it is important to acknowledge that you are moving in the right direction.

Ultimately, you have the power to make your goals happen. By following the steps listed above, you can define your success and achieve your goals.