Keeping Those Resolution

Another year has flown by and here you are at the beginning of the next year. Resolutions. Everyone makes them, but they’re not always the easiest thing to keep. By the end of January it’s a well-known fact that most quick-out-of-the-gates New Year resolutions have started to lose a lot of momentum, some even coming to a grinding halt. You’ve chosen your resolutions and now is the time we need to work on keeping them! Here are five tips to use to stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Write down your resolution – Writing down your resolutions and keeping them in front of you, seeing them every day is important. If it’s read daily it eliminates the “I forgot about it” excuse. Seeing it every day and having it written raises the level of accountability.
  2. Define the purpose of your resolution – We usually make resolutions because we recognize something in our lives needs to change. This means that many of our resolutions are not changes that can be made in a short time span of one year, but instead a life-long alteration. Write down the purpose of your resolution. For example, instead of writing down ” I want to lose weight,” include the reasons why “I want to get off my medications”. Keeping the purpose in front of you will help fuel your drive.
  3. Reward yourself – Anytime you have a long term goal, rewards are important in keeping you motivated. Reward the steps towards your goal you achieve. And look at a reward as an encouragement. Hang a smaller size in your closet – it will help you keep up that exercise routine.
  4. Tell others – Share with others the resolutions you’ve made for the year. As your friends and family ask you about your progress, the accountability will help you stay motivated so you can give a good report.
  5. Get some sleep – You may be wondering what sleep has to do with staying motivated. Believe it or not, your lack of sleep may be why your motivation is waning. Getting enough sleep will help give you the energy you need to stay focused on all you have to do throughout the day. This can make the difference between going to the gym and sacking out on the couch.

As you set your goals, keep in mind some of the reasons that resolutions often fail and consider the potential roadblocks to achieving you goals. Facing these roadblocks up front will prepare you to overcome them. Log your progress along the way. This log can help you through tougher times along the way when you may feel like giving up. It is encouraging to see how far you have come already and motivate you to keep going. Even baby steps will get you a little bit closer to your goal. And last, but not least, remain flexible and willing to adjust your plan if necessary. Sometimes you may need to take a detour along the way so it is very helpful to be flexible. Don’t get discouraged and let this throw you completely off course. Stay committed and keep going. Good luck. Here’s to a very happy and successful New Year!

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New Year, New You

The end of the year is once again upon us. After the alcohol and food fueled holiday season, it is finally time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Almost everybody makes New Year’s Resolutions, but very few people actually stick to them.The main reason why they don’t stick to their resolutions is down to the fact that they don’t make the right ones. So now we are going to take a little look at exactly how to make the right resolutions for next year.

The first thing you are going to need to do is choose your resolutions. This is something that is much harder than many people think. For a start you need to choose something that is actually going to be exciting enough for you to achieve. After all, if you become bored throughout the year with your resolution then it simply will not be achievable i.e. if you absolutely loathe reading then don’t make it a goal to read one book a week! You will probably fail by February.

The best resolutions are going to be those that allow you to make positive changes to your life for a long time to come. This is perhaps why the main resolutions are to lose weight or even to stop smoking. These resolutions are much easier to stick to as you will be able to see positive changes in your life. Of course, you could also make resolutions that enable you to advance your career. They may not be as obvious as resolutions (for example going to more meetings at work) but they may actually pay off in the long run.

Of course, you want to be able to stick to your resolutions. Therefore you will need to ensure that you have the support you need in order to achieve the resolution. Remember, nobody has accomplished anything of value without the help from others. In an ideal world you would find a friend who has the same resolution as you who will be able to help you through the process. If not, just find somebody that understands what your resolutions are and also how to help you succeed.

Finally, you need to ensure that your resolutions are actually achievable over the next year or so. After all, what is the point in making New Year’s Resolutions if you can’t stick to them? When planning resolutions, break them down into much smaller tasks and see what you need to do in order to achieve your goal. This allows you to see whether what you want to achieve is actually realistic or not.

Hopefully this has given you an idea on how you can make the right resolutions for the year ahead. Make a list of everything that you want to achieve, and then pick a couple that follow the guidelines above. Of course, there is no limit on the amount of resolutions that you can have, but try to choose a manageable amount to make it easier on yourself.

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