Do you want to have a more effective resolution that is meant to last longer than the other resolutions you've made in the past?  The new year is always a good opportunity to reflect and to improve but we all know how difficult it is to stick to these resolutions for 300+ days.  Resolutions are just not always easy to implement and not always easy to maintain.  So as many of us make our new year's resolutions, why not borrow some techniques proven to be effective in the business world and apply them to our personal endeavors. Resolutions, after all, are like projects.  So why not add a little twist this year by plugging in your resolution to a business framework.  Start with setting up your goals not as a typical or cliche resolution but as goals that are actionable, attainable, and measurable.  Remember the feeling of setting a goal and reaching it?  So why not set up smaller goals and work your way up to a larger overarching goal?  Current findings in the field of psychology, specifically positive psychology, indicate that reaping small rewards are more likely to set us up for success.  So work in smaller increments with milestones and targets that you can check off along the way.  Use the framework commonly referred to in business and in project management as SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).  Get ready for the long haul by keeping focused on the results.  Set up realistic goals, determine what you need to do to make it happen, and quantify the progress and the results.  It can be as simple as making the changes in your goal statement to get you started.  Instead of saying 'I'm gonna exercise more,' why not say 'I'm gonna exercise for at least 30minutes per day, 5x per week.'  The latter statement frames the same objective as more tangible, more actionable, and more measurable.  It breaks it down into smaller increments which inherently adds accountability into it.

In project management, there is a logic model which consists of inputs, outputs, and outcomes.  This framework helps break down the process leading up to the goal.  Here's an illustration of how you can manage your New Year's resolution:
So with the goal of lowering my cholesterol, I would need to identify what activities do I need to put in this effort.  This could be exercising for a minimum of 30minutes 4 days a week.  These will be my outputs.  My input will be, for example, funding to make this happen.  Perhaps I need to buy new running shoes or sign up for gym membership.  Another input I would need to make is to allot some time during the day for exercise.  Metrics is an important aspect of this framework because we would need to track my progress.  My weekly goal of exercising 4 days a week should be easy to measure because I can quantify the days per week I work out; I can measure the amount of time I exercise daily; I can measure the distance of my run, my speed, my calories burnt, etc.  With such measurable outputs, I can add some more measurable and attainable goals of perhaps increasing the speed or the distance I run by a certain percentage within a certain number of weeks.  With these incremental weekly activities and goals, as long as I keep at it, I should be well on my way to lowering my cholesterol levels.  It is also important to note that it would be helpful to establish baselines and milestones.  It might be helpful to first identify what the current cholesterol level is (current state) and then determine where I want those levels to be in one year (future state).  Other metrics along the way that might complement these results might be other relevant metrics such as decreased weight, lower blood pressure, etc.  All these small steps of activities and measurements paint the bigger picture which is the overarching goal or the ultimate goal. 

Here is an illustration of using a proven tool in the business world and applying it to my own personal endeavor as a way of ensuring a more successful attempt at my resolutions this time around.  More power to those embarking on their own goals.