Tips on Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions Part 1

December 28th 2009 09:51 pm

calendar Tips on Keeping Your New Years Resolutions Part 1It’s that time of the year. Everyone makes at least one New Year’s resolution even if they don’t admit it. Seeing the calendar start over again feels like the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and have a fresh start. We all make them but how many of us actually keep them? Unfortunately not so many. Here are some ideas that will help you keep yours this year.

Make realistic goals or you may be setting yourself up for failure. This doesn’t mean only make easy goals, but you may need to break down a large goal into attainable smaller goals. This way you get a feeling of accomplishment at each step that you complete on your way to your big goal.

On the flip side don’t have to many goals that aren’t related to each other. For instance it’s ok to have a weight loss goal with smaller goals of writing down all the food you eat and exercise 5 times a week. Don’t try to quit smoking, drinking, lose weight, and find the love of your life all at the same time. There is no way you can reach your goals if you have too many.

Write your resolution down and create a timeline to go with it. Specific goals work better than generalized, vague ones. Instead of ‘I want to be healthier’ try ‘I will exercise 5 times a week’ or ‘I will eat 5 servings of veggies everyday’.

Once you have a goal in mind make a printout of it and put it on your bathroom mirror or on a sticky attached to your monitor. You can also make a vision college with images that remind you of what it is your want to attain. Or find a photo that reminds you of your goal. What you want to do is keep that goal in the forefront of your mind. That makes it easier for you to stick with it.

One of the best things you can do is find a friend who has a similar goal and support each other in it. This could be someone to go to the gym with or to check in with before you make purchase that puts you over your budget. They don’t even need to be in the same state as you, you can always check in over email or im.

Find easy ways to help you meet your goal like serving dinner on your Noritake salad plates instead of using the larger dinner plate. It will fool you into thinking you ate more than you did.

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