Another year of Resolutions. But this year WILL be different!
The beginning of a new year makes us think
of new possibilities, new choices and new
hope for the future. That is why we tend to
think about lifestyle changes in the New Year.
But, did you know that fewer than 10% of
people make it to the end of the year still
working on their resolutions. Here are a few
tips to help you actually keep the resolutions
you have made for this year...
So now what?
The egg-nog-fog has lifted, and you would actually like for
this year to be different.
You made a few resolutions, but they are already falling
1.Stop beating yourself up!!
2.Take a deep breath
3.Start over; but this time with a plan
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Use the KISS method to ensure that
you don’t get carried away by
setting a resolution you have no
hope of fulfilling. Simplify your
resolutions to ensure you can
2. Be choosy.
Agreeing to a New Year’s
Resolution just because you feel
you should is setting yourself up for
failure. Instead, choose to change
something you really desire to
change and your chances for
success are much greater.
3. Be realistic.
Sure, you may want to lose 25 pounds
in a week, but besides being unhealthy,
it’s utterly unrealistic. Instead, set
realistic expectations for what you can
accomplish within the
4. Broadcast your plans.
Tell friends and family about your
New Year’s Resolution, don’t try to
keep it to yourself. Letting others
know your plans firms up your
decision in your own mind and helps
you stay accountable.
5. Educate yourself.
Learn how others have successfully
made the change you desire. Doing
so will help you avoid pitfalls and
build realistic expectations.
6. Avoid the same old resolutions.
If you’ve resolved to lose 10 pounds year
after year, it may be time to set a different
resolution. Instead, resolve to exercise
three times a week. This will accomplish
the same results, but it frames your lifestyle
change in a different light.
7. Break your resolution into
Rather than focusing on one huge
life-altering change, opt for smaller,
more manageable changes that you
can track and accomplish more
8. Create a plan of action.
Once you know the steps you need
to take to fulfill your resolution,
decide what you’ll do first, then do it!
Plan each step in advance so you’ll
know how to proceed as you reach
each small goal.
9. Don’t expect overnight
It takes time to develop habits and
behaviors, and it can take even
to change them. Be patient with
yourself and expect gradual, rather
than immediate, results.
10. Don’t stress
Change, even good change, can be
stressful. We’re creatures of comfort
and stepping out of our comfort
zones can create stress and anxiety.
Strive to disallow stress from getting
the best of you.
11. Find an accountability
It’s important to have someone
who will hold you accountable for
your actions. Ask a friend or family
member to help you stay on track.
12. Garner support
There are support groups available
for almost any desired behavior
change. Search for one in your
community to help you reach your
13. Let your
Look at the changes you’re making
as an adventure, rather than
drudgery. Get excited about how
you’ll feel when you’ve reached
your goal. The journey can be as
much fun as the destination!
14. Look at both the pros and
cons of your decision.
Be prepared for both the positive
and negative outcomes of your
decision so there are no surprises.
15. Be prepared
There will be days when your good
intentions fly out the window and
you return to old habits. All is not
lost! It’s just like riding a horse:
When you fall off, get back up and
16. Prepare in advance.
Give your subconscious time to
adjust to the change so it doesn’t
come as such a shock to your
system. You’re more likely to
succeed when you prepare in
17. Reward yourself!
Look for ways to reward yourself
after every step is reached. It’ll
build momentum because you’ll
looking forward to the next
18. Set a deadline.
As with any goal, it’s important to
have a timeframe in mind. Give
yourself plenty of time to
realistically reach your goal, but
plan for a specific end date to
19. Set a limit.
It’s best to work on just one or
two resolutions at a time. You’ll
be able to focus your efforts
without feeling overwhelmed
with too much to do.
20. Track your progress.
This works especially well when you
split your resolution into small,
manageable tasks. Create a chart
of your progress so you can see
exactly how far you’ve come with
each step you’ve taken.
21. Use positive
Tell yourself that you can achieve
your goals and that you will
succeed regardless of setbacks.
When you do this, you’ll begin to
both consciously and
subconsciously believe in yourself.
22. Write Out your resolutions.
Writing your goals and desires on paper
has a strong affect on your psyche. It
firms up your intentions and helps you
focus more clearly. Take the time to
write down your goals,
step-by-step, to best achieve your
23. Visualize the results.
Imagine yourself after you’ve
achieve your goal. What do you look
like? How do you feel? Spend a few
minutes every day visualizing your
success and you’ll be amazed at
how much quicker and easier your
goals will be to accomplish!
24. Make the choice.
You’ve talked about the change.
You’ve made the resolution. Now
firmly decide that will you stick with it
— even when it’s not comfortable or
convenient. You can
do it if you choose to!
25. Hang in there.
never give up!
The going may, indeed, get tough.
You may have discouraging days.
You may feel like quitting. But if
you’ve made the conscious
decision to change, keep plugging
By putting these strategies into practice,
you’ll give yourself a chance at a great
start to a wonderful new year.
May your new year be filled with
happiness, love, and the change you
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"We will open the book. Its pages are
We are going to put words on them
The book is called Opportunity and its
first chapter is (was) New Year's Day.“
Edith Lovejoy Pierce