Do you subscribe to the philosophy that resolutions are made to be broken?
Do you believe the New Year’s holiday is an opportunity for change?
Resolution makers generally fall into one of three categories:
1. Serious Resolution Makers
These individuals dedicate themselves to reach their goal – usually in self-improvement. They set their goals and plan the steps to achieve them. They take ACTION.
2. Good Intentions
These people really want to change. They say “This year will be different”. They probably manage the first week or two of following through then they abandon them. These people usually have a plan to begin with.
3. On the Spot Resolutions
These poople make up a New Yeaar’s Resoultion on the spot when they are asked what their resoultuion is. They rarely have any intentions on following through.
What group do you fall into?
Often times people don’t take New Years Resoulutions seriously. They believe it’s all a big joke ….
New Years is actually the perfect time to dedicate yourself to a goal. Here’s why:
- You can reflect on your successes and failures of the previous year
- You have the right frame of mind to plan for the future
- It’s easier to gain the support of family and friends that have thesame or similar goals
- It’s easy to measure your goals. The timeframe of a year is an excellent yardstick
- You have 12 months which is enought time to plan, execute and achieve your goals – even if you hit some roadblocks along the way.
Why do we make resolutions?
Think about your past resolutions …
- Why did you make them?
- What did you hope to accomplish?
- Were you just going along with the crowd?
- Did you really want to change your life?
- Did you take the opportunity to change your lfie seriously?
- Do you subcribe to the theory “Resolutions are made to be broken”?
Do you really want to change your life?
Want to give it a try?
- Choose a resolution that you believe you can attain. If you choose a goal to lose 30 pounds in January or to exercise an hour every day you’ll brobably give up because within a week or so you’ll feel overwhelmed and frustrated. Choosing small goals you can attain helps you to create a pattern of success.
- Break it up into small steps. Any large goal can be broken into a series of smaller goals. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds, begin by setting a smaller goal. Maybe losing five pounds is a good start.
- Set a Deadline. Having a deadline helps you to stay on track and to track your progress. For example, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, and your smaller goal is 5 pounds a month, you should achieve your big goal in 10 months. (Sound like a long time? How fast did 2008 pass?)
- Reward yourself – For each small success you need to reward yourself. If your goal is to lose weight, then you don’t want to reward yourself with food. You may want a new outfit, a night out, a massage – get creative.
- Be Prepared – Regardless of your resoulution you will have obstacles to face. Plan for these obstacles and be prepared to face them head-on. For example, if your goal is to stop smoking, be prepared for cravings and have something ready to distract you for 5 to 10 minutes. (Any type of cravings rarely last longer than 10 minutes)
New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be broken!
Establish a Winning Attitude, Set Proper Goals, and your New Year’s Resolutions will be life changing and rewarding experiences.