Every new year, many of us create resolutions to better ourselves either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. However. most will fail to accomplish our pledge, 88% from some studies. We all have good intentions, but many of us quickly fail. The fix may not be easy, but the solutions are simple.
This year, make a resolution to stop the cycle of pledging to make positive change and not following through. Resolve not only to have a much better year, but to actually keep your resolutions all year long. Here are my tips to help get you started.
Focus on what you really want. Let’s be honest here. If you don’t want to quit smoking, you are not going to quit smoking. If spending is more important to you than saving, you will never be able to get your financial house in order. Make your resolution not about what you think you should accomplish, make it what you really want to accomplish.
Limit your list. Sometimes, the issue with accomplishing our resolutions is that we make our list of resolutions too long, and they are very difficult to attain in tandem. It may not be the best idea to try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time. Overwhelming yourself is self defeating.
Set reasonable expectations. Your resolutions need to be worthy of of achieving, but able to be managed, executed, and completed within the next year. You may want to lose 200lbs, but it is neither reasonable nor healthy to attempt it within the span of a single year.
Educate yourself. If you want to lose weight, a common resolution, one must know how many calories they must reduce in their diet, or burn in exercise, to lose one pound a week. If you want to quit smoking, discover the best, most effective methods. You can’t do, if you don’t know.
Create monthly benchmark goals. Losing 100lbs may seem overwhelming, but losing 8.4lbs per month is completely doable, Smaller, monthly goals are easier to manage, and adjustments can be made if you are falling short.
Use affirmations. A positive mental attitude, supported by affirmations, can help achieve success in anything by reprogramming your thinking. Wake up in the morning, go to the mirror, smile at yourself and say, “I see myself slender, fit, and trim.” If you want to quit smoking proclaim, “I am smoke free and craving free from nicotine.” Positive actions are supported by positive thinking.
Don’t make excuses. In order to be successful, you must take personal responsibility for your life. Never blame others for your situation: not your significant other, your kids, your company, the economy, or anything else. Obstacles to your success are challenges to be overcome or worked around. Nothing is stopping you.
Keep Doing. Winners know that failure only happens when one quits. You will make mistakes. You will fall short. Few people succeed on the first try. Never give up, never surrender. Persistence, the firm continuance in spite of difficulty or opposition, is key to all success.