The New Year is here. For most people, there is the hope that this year will be better than the last. There is the desire to make a change and become someone new and better than the 2010 version of themselves. Some have already stated their New Year resolutions. Some others have already broken their resolutions for the year. Here are some tips to help people modify or create resolutions that will survive the whole year and help to create a better year for the individual at the same time.
- Make your goal for the year attainable. Do not set impossible or improbable goals and expect to fail at them. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year, do not state you want to lose 50 pounds, but rather that you want to lose 3-5 pounds a month. It will make the task easier to complete and far less daunting.
- Make sure your goal is set in a positive mindset. Do not use negative terms to create your resolutions. Instead of saying “I will not eat too much food per sitting,” say “I will eat healthier.” Instead of saying, “I will not use credit cards for purchases,” try saying, “I will be more financially responsible this year.”
- Write down your goals and place them somewhere that can be seen throughout the day, every day. This will help to keep the goal fresh in your mind, rather than have it forgotten about and then left uncompleted. This will also help to act as an affirmation and give you a better mind set regarding your goal.
- Reward yourself for completing or staying on task with a goal or resolution for the year. If you lose weight, reward yourself by buying new clothing or doing something special for yourself like a massage. If you are being more financially responsible, give yourself a little room to splurge and buy yourself a gift. It will surprise you how long these little rewards will stay in your mind and help you follow your goals.
- Make sure the goals that you want to set for yourself this year are goals that you really care about, goals that you are interested in. If you do not feel like you really have to lose weight, then do not make that a goal just to please someone else. Remember, it is your life and your year. Do not feel pressured to change anything for someone else, but rather be sure to do it for yourself. It will decrease any resentment you might feel and it will be easier to follow through with the resolutions.