Wednesday, January 2, 2013

5 Keys to Successful New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year's Amityville!!

 Photo by Sean MacEntee
Many of you returned to work or school today.  Some of you created New Year's resolutions that 92% of you will break.  I've been guilty of it myself.  I have learned a few steps to making and keeping successful resolutions and I would like to share them with you:
1. Keep It Simple
Make simple, practical resolutions that are realistic.  Example: If you are a couch potato who wants to work out, don't resolve to work out everyday; plan to work out for at least 30 minutes per week. You have flexibility to do this for 30 minutes once a week, 15 minutes 2x per week, or 10 minutes 3x per week, etc.  Whatever works for you.
2. Make Them Visible
Post them on your bathroom mirror so you can see them everyday. It is easy to forget resolutions after a few days.
3. Tell Others
Making your resolutions public is like a safety net that you will be reminded of them.  You want something positive to say when people ask you about your resolutions at a later date. Knowing that you've told others helps to keep yourself accountable.
4. Don't Give Up After Setbacks
Losing a battle doesn't mean you lost the war.  People screw up sometimes, but we dust ourselves off and get back on board.  Don't give up if you miss a week of working out or you ate too many jelly donuts.  Tell your self it was a minor setback, not a failure.  Listen to "We Fall Down, But We Get Up" by Donnie McClurkin if you need inspiration.
5. Re-evaluate Resolutions Periodically
Evaluate your resolutions monthly to make sure they are still relevant.  If you decide that some of your resolutions are not appropriate anymore, delete or change them.  It's that simple.  Example: You resolve to go to boot camp classes once a week during your lunch break, but work has been so crazy that you have to work through lunch everyday.  That resolution is dead for now: no need to feel bad about it. Your job took a higher priority.  When things lighten up you can add it back.

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