Making And Keeping Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions…With Social Media!

Let this be the year that you actually keep your New Years resolutions, and let social media be the tool that helps you achieve your goals!

Well folks, 2012 is here at last!  And with the New Year comes a time for goal-setting and resolution-making.  But if you’re like most people, you’ll make and break your New Year’s resolutions within a matter of months, or weeks or even days.  Let this be the year that you actually keep your New Years resolutions, and let social media be the tool that helps you achieve your goals!

This post is an update of my January 1, 2011 article, ‘How To Use Social Media To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions.’ Feel free to read that article for more insight.  Oh, and Happy New Years!  Now…on to the goal-setting!

Step 1: Set Attainable Goals

I am the queen of making and breaking New Years resolutions.  In past years I’ve vowed to work out six days a week, cut out sweets entirely (I’ve got a wicked sweet tooth) or make a video every single day.  For me, those goals were way too lofty and there was absolutely no way I could have achieved them.  If you set a goal that is too difficult to achieve it’s easy to become overwhelmed and just stop trying entirely.  Be reasonable with what you expect from yourself and it will be easier to stick to the plan.

Last year I decided to pick a resolution that was a little more reasonable than my lofty resolutions of the past.  Feeling a bit dry in the creative department, I decided to do one creative project a week for the year—52 Creative Projects in 2011.  For me, this seemed reasonable.  In the end I made it to 40 creative projects in 2011.  Some of the projects I worked on extended into multi-week territory and some weeks I just had too much on my plate to get a project done, but I feel more than happy with what I accomplished.  I achieved my overall goal, to be more creative, and I am excited to work on 12 more creative projects in 2012.

Think about the resolutions you made for yourself in 2011.  Did you accomplish them?  If not, could it be that you expected too much of yourself?  Try to be a little more reasonable this year.

Step 2: Use Your Social Networks As Cheerleaders!

There’s nothing like positive feedback from others to help you achieve your goals and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are the perfect places to go for this positive reinforcement.  Announce your resolutions to your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter.  Let your Path friends know what you’re planning, share pictures of your resolution in Instagram—you get the idea.  Tell as many people as you can about what you plan to do in 2012.  Doing this will not only make you feel a little more committed to your goals (after all, you don’t want your friends and followers to see you fail) but it will also rally support.

I posted pictures of all of my creative projects on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and I got all sorts of great feedback, from likes and comments to personal messages from friends.  This not only felt great, but it also inspired me to keep going.  So shout out your resolutions to your social networks and build your own virtual cheerleading squad.  Trust me—it will help a lot!

YouTube suggests making a video to let your friends (and the rest of the world) know what you’re planning for 2012.  Use the hashtag #awesome2012 so other people can find your resolution video.

Speaking of YouTube, in the video below YouTube partner and fitness guru Amanda Russell provides some tips on how to actually stick to your New Year’s resolutions.