10 Tips on Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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           10 Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Chances are you’ve made some new resolutions to start the New Year with.  If you are like most Americans, you will probably break those resolutions before the end of the month!

   Here are a few tips on how to keep those resolutions and make the New Year a success!

1.     Be realistic.  The best way to accomplish your goal is by setting one that is attainable.  Don’t say you are never going to eat chocolate doughnuts again. 

2.     Plan Ahead.  Do not make your resolution on New Year’s Eve.  If your resolution is something you take seriously, then you should have a well thought out plan in place.  By taking your resolution seriously, you will be able to keep it.

3.     Make a guideline for your plan.  If you have decided to stop smoking, have some guidelines in place.  Know how you are going to fight the urge for a cigarette a week into your resolution.  Have a list of people you can call for support.  The most important thing to do is check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program or smoking cessation classes.

4.     Track Your Progress.  Keep a ledger of some sort.  Whether it is on your computer, PDA or just a note book you have lying around.  Short term goals are easier to attain.  Begin slowly, instead of saying you are not going to smoke a cigarette for a month, get through a week without one.   Each small success is one step closer to finishing your resolution. 

5.     Stick To Your Resolution.  If you get frustrated, do not give up.  It takes a while for new habits and behaviors to stick.  Studies show that it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit. 

6.     Make a list.  It may make sense to see what your goals are.  Write them down.  Make a list of all the pro’s and con’s.

7.     Do Not Get Discouraged.  Beating yourself up when you stumble is not going to get you anywhere.  Stay focused and just go one day at a time.  If you mess up, it is not the end of the world.  Get up and try again!

8.     Reward Yourself.  If your resolution is to lose 10 pounds a month and you have met your goal for the month, take the time to reward yourself!  No, don’t eat a half gallon of Blue Bell; instead go buy yourself that new shirt you have been eyeing all month!  It will give you extra motivation to continue with your success!

9.     Share your goals.  Let your family and friends know what your plans are.  They are your support.  They can help keep you on track and keep you motivated.

10. Keep Trying.  If at the end of February your resolution has fizzled out, don’t give up.  Take a deep breath, go over your goals, and find that reason you chose this particular resolution and there is no reason why you can’t make a “New Year’s Resolution” any time of the year!

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