Making your New Year's Resolutions Stick

Making_your_New_Years_ResolutionsIt has finally come to the end of 2011 and, with 2012, comes new hope and dreams. The problem is, we often have so many things we want to accomplish that we lose sight and end up doing none at all. How do we actually derive on the select few we should keep to in the upcoming year?

Choose

Sure, you may begin your brainstorming and jot down everything you want to do without holding back. But ultimately, zoom down to the select three so you will not end up the Jack of all trades and a master of none.

Sounds tough? Let's make it simpler. For every item you want on your list, think of three good reasons why you want to accomplish them. Can't think of more than one? Then remove it. Or save it for next year. Eventually, the top three would be those with the strongest reason to accomplish.

Make a Plan

Determination and willpower may go a long way, but for you to really last, you will need a plan to check your progress and motivate you. And this plan should be so detailed you will need a specific yet reasonable goal every month. For example, if you are planning to lose weight, give yourself the first month to research for healthy and doable diets, the next month to carry it out and the following month before you see some results.

Consider Problems

As we all know, life is not a bed of roses so don't beat yourself up when things do not go according to your plan. Using the same example of making weight loss your new year resolution, try to foresee potential problems such as special occasions like Christmas and Chinese New Year where feasting is almost a must. If you can't avoid ir restrict them, then make allowances to your plan rather than getting yourself discouraged.

Reward Yourself

Rewards are great motivators especially when the going gets tough. So include these little happy tidbits in your plan but make sure they do not clash with your ultimate goal – at least not too much.

Change your Lifestyle

Resolutions shouldn't be kept for just a year, especially after those hard work and effort. So make memo cards or have a friend keep you accountable. Even better, slowly work to make it a habit and then a life-long habit. You could even include yourself an anniversary reward if you keep to it for that year!

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