A new year brings new possibilities, new choices and new hope for the future. That’s why you tend to think about lifestyle changes in the New Year and how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Here are some tips to help you actually keep the resolutions you make this year.
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 achieve them.
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.
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 time frame.
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.
Learn how others have successfully made the change you desire. Doing so will help you avoid pitfalls and build realistic expectations.
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.
Rather than focusing on one huge life-altering change, opt for smaller, more manageable changes that you can track and accomplish more easily.
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.
It takes time to develop habits and behaviors, and it can take even longer to change them. Be patient with yourself and expect gradual, rather than immediate, results.
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.
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.
There are support groups available for almost any desired behavior change. Search for one in your community to help you reach your goals.
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!
Be prepared for both the positive and negative outcomes of your decision so there are no surprises.
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 trudge on.
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 advance.
Look for ways to reward yourself after every step is reached. It’ll build momentum because you’ll be looking forward to the next reward.
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 work toward.
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.
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.
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.
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 resolutions.
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!
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!
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 away!
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