Resolutions 101

With a brand new year ahead, January is always so full of promise and motivation. But year after year the gyms empty out by February and most people will forget what their resolutions are before St. Patrick’s day. But how can you keep the motivation going for all of 2012 and finally see a resolution through the entire year? Here are a few tips and tricks to make this year  the year you finally stick to all of your new years resolutions.

 

  • Plan Ahead! Don’t wait until December 31st to decide what your resolution for the new year will be. Take time to evaluate the areas of your life you want to improve upon and make a conscious choice about what you will be working on for all of 2012.
  • Be realistic. When choosing your resolution be sure to make it something that is realistic and attainable.  Instead of swearing off chocolate for the rest of eternity, resolve to eat less than you currently do or gradually lower your intake throughout the year. Don’t choose a resolution that will set yourself up to fail.
  • Make a plan. Sit down and write out all of the ways you plan on helping yourself achieve your goal for the new year. If your resolution is to get in shape, research local gyms and parks. Schedule out your year with goals and deadlines. It’s much easier to stick to your resolution when you have a plan of how you are going to do it.
  • Talk about it! You are not an island. There are going to be days when sticking to your resolutions are going to seem impossible and that is why you shouldn’t keep your resolution a secret. By talking about your resolution  with other people in your life, they can help keep you accountable and offer you much needed support on your bad days.
  • Reward yourself. Mistakes and slip ups will happen. But instead of beating yourself up about it, set up goals and deadlines and reward yourself when you reach those goals!
  • Stick to it. Even if you slip up or slack off, all is not lost. Stick to your resolution even after you mess up. Revise your plan and goals and keep trying. By not immediately chucking your resolution through the window after the first bump in the road, you are much more likely to have positive results in the end.

 

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