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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Achievable

According to Wikipedia,  A New Year’s resolution is “a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.  The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day.”

Of the top 10 most popular resolutions, 5 typically are health related-lose weight, exercise more, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, and eat better.  Research shows that while 52% of participants are confidant of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieve them.

When making your resolutions, you must create a plan.  It’s pointless to set a goal without having a plan to achieve that goal.  Write down your resolution and plan immediately.  myGoals.com helps you formulate a plan and stick to it.  At the very least, commit your resolution and plan to a journal. Next, consider New Year’s Day as a starting point only.  Goals are accomplished in a hundred tiny steps that happen year round, not just in January.  Flexibility is important with your goals and plans.  Sometimes you may need to change them, sometimes life throws unexpected events your way.  Don’t use this as an excuse to give up, just readjust and keep going.

Making New Year’s resolutions is always the easy part.  Keeping them is another story!  The most important thing to remember is to be honest with yourself.  Set limitations and adhere to them.  If you have decided that one cookie a day is your limit for sweets, stick to that.  If you start thinking, “oh, just one more” you need to check yourself.  Learn to hold yourself accountable.

Be mindful of your bad habits.  This may include meditating or focusing awareness on thoughts and feeling that send you into relapse.  Recognizing what triggers this can help you choose not to give into them.  Also, remember that a craving will subside if you wait it out.  Instead of giving in to it, realize that it will go away eventually.  Giving in to cravings only reinforces them.  The more you practice willpower, the stronger you will get because it provides a sense of achievement and success.

Don’t ever punish yourself for not sticking to your plan.  Instead, reward yourself with something you want, such as a new book or CD, every time you resist temptation or achieve a small goal.

Last, surround yourself with the right people.  People tend to imitate the people they are around.  Try to keep people around you who look and act the way you want to.  These people are your role models.  As for family and friends, let them know what your goals are and ask for their support.  Some of them may even have the same goals and will join you in your endeavors.

By focusing on meaningful activities, and on what you should be doing rather than what you shouldn’t, you’ll have less time to crave or engage in the behavior you want to reduce.

Have a healthy and happy New Year’s!

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December 27, 2010 - Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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