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Every year most of us will make a New Year resolution with the best intentions of sticking with them throughout the New Year. Unfortunately, in most cases, these resolutions quickly fail. Then when they fail, we feel horrible and tend to beat ourselves up. Well, there’s no need to do that. Here are a few bullet points that can help you keep your resolutions this year.
- Be realistic with your goals: Don’t set yourself up for
failure. You are probably not going to go to the gym every day for
the entire year, or you’re probably not going to lose three dress sizes in
the next three months. Instead, set realistic goals. Start out
by losing your first 2 pounds the first month, and then 1 pound a month
thereafter until you’ve reached your goal. If you look at your goals
this way, the resolution doesn’t look nearly as big and overwhelming.
- Think in baby steps: Let’s face it, you’re not going to
suddenly stop smoking, eating or biting your nails all at once.
These bad habits take time to break. Instead of going “cold turkey”,
try saying, “I will cut my cigarette smoking in half by February 1st”
or “I will only bite my nails on my right hand for a week, then cut it
down to four nails, then three, then two”.
- Offer yourself incentives: Reward yourself when you’ve
reached that small goal. So, if you were successful in not having a
cigarette for a three hours, reward yourself with something you like, like
a new pair of shoes or a new purse. It’s important to remember that
you shouldn’t reward yourself with a cigarette because you didn’t have one
for three whole hours! That would be contrary to the goal.
- Pick a buddy: It’s always fun to work out or diet with
a friend. Having a buddy share your goals is always a good support
system for you and for your buddy. And words of encouragement
from your buddy can also be uplifting and positive.
- Be tough: Don’t beat yourself up. Have you
ever heard of the saying, “two steps forward, one step back”? If you
decide to cheat and have that second cookie or piece of cake, it’s
alright. Don’t let the bad feeling spiral into a circle of feeling defeated
and depressed. Just pick yourself up and say, “ok, I had a little
slip which is ok and not a big deal”. Then look forward and get back
I hope these pointers have encouraged you to make the right choices. Good luck and happy New Year’s Resolutions!