A Year of Commitment


We’ve all heard it before. “New year, new me!” The local gym is filled to capacity for the first 2 months. Your coworker is on the next crazy diet fad, and your friend says, like he says each year, “this time it will be different.” But what happens just a few more months into the year? The gym empties out, and now you don’t have to wait 2 hours for a piece of equipment to become available, you catch your coworker in the break room devouring some God-knows-how-old cake from some past birthday and your friend is back to his old ways.

Commitment is something we all struggle with. We all want the new year to be filled with new goals and to be better than the previous year. But why do so many of our resolutions fail? According to U.S News, 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. For you to get your 2019 off to a great start and to maintain the momentum here are three easy steps:

1.    Write your resolutions down on paper and keep them where you can see them often:

Don’t just say it! Be about it! Writing down your resolutions gives them power and adds more meaning to them. Also by having them in a place where they are constantly being seen will help keep you committed if you start to forget what you were working towards.   

2.    Put meaning behind the resolutions:

Why do you want to lose weight? Is it for getting back into fighting shape? Is it to feel more confident? Is it for health reasons? Why do you want to make more money? Is it for a family vacation? Is it to help get out of debt? Is it to treat your parents to something spectacular? Meaning behind your resolutions will keep you committed when you start to reach for that cookie or cake, you can say “no this is for a healthier me,” or when you want to buy something that’s out of your budget you can say “no this is not going to get my parents what they deserve.”

3.    Be specific:

How much weight? How much money? By when? Be as specific as you can be. This will keep you committed to staying the course. You will be able to track your progress or even lack of progress which will help you get back on track.

We have wanted to make each year better than the last. We all have areas that we want to improve in. These three easy steps will help you stay committed to that “new year, new me” resolutions!


James Adalberto Nelson is a Marine Veteran and known as the Chain Breaker Speaker. After joining a mastermind with no business, no business idea and no vision for himself he finally was able to break the chains that held him back and define his life and purpose. Now he wants to help others break their chains so theyt can live the life they are meant to live as the person they are meant to become.