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The New Year is slowly near­ing, and with the hol­i­day sea­son al­ready upon us many peo­ple are in­dulging in ret­ro­spec­tion and re-eval­u­at­ing some of their life choices. New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for all those who have failed to start mak­ing the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or per­haps when win­ter starts.

Well, now’s your chance to sit down and pre­pare a list of im­por­tant life­style changes you want to make. Well since a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple fail to stick to their new year’s res­o­lu­tion, let’s be cre­ative a lit­tle bit and think of it as year end res­o­lu­tions.

As you do your own in­tro­spec­tion, here are a few is­sues you can con­sider if you are look­ing for ef­fec­tive ways of chang­ing your life for the bet­ter.

Get in shape. Los­ing weight is the top res­o­lu­tion for Amer­i­cans, and com­bined with “ex­er­cise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is some­thing that over a third of the pop­u­la­tion wishes to achieve. It’s easy enough to start an ex­er­cise and diet pro­gramme, but the trick is to find a de­cent one that will give you steady re­sults and will be easy to stick to in the long run. Have a look at th­ese tricks, hacks, ex­er­cises and mis­takes to avoid be­ing a fail­ure where weight loss is con­cerned. Try BANTING…it works!

Start eat­ing health­ier food, and less food over­all. This is usu­ally an ex­ten­sion of the pre­vi­ous res­o­lu­tion. Switch­ing to a health­ier diet can be in­cred­i­bly tricky when we are sur­rounded by cheap junk food. How­ever, with a good amount of de­ter­mi­na­tion and some ba­sic tips you can slowly de­velop health­ier eat­ing habits.

Learn to con­trol emo­tional eat­ing, be aware of rea­sons for di­ets to fail, make use of good tips and have a look at new, awe­some and healthy recipes.

Be­come more ac­tive. Some peo­ple don’t re­ally have a big weight prob­lem, and they even get some ex­er­cise a few times a week, but they just sit around most of the time at home and at work, which can have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on their pos­ture and health. In that case, all you need is to find ways of mov­ing around more through­out the day in­stead of stay­ing hunched over the com­puter. It’s even more fun if you share your ac­tiv­ity with friends and fam­ily.

Stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing. The big­gest bar­rier that keeps most peo­ple from reach­ing their goals is the de­sire to re­lax and do some­thing fun in­stead of work­ing hard. Once you get used to pro­cras­ti­nat­ing it’s dif­fi­cult to snap your­self out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many use­ful tips out there to find your way to stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing. There are also tools which can help you achieve this task.

Im­prove your con­cen­tra­tion and men­tal skills. Peo­ple have been try­ing to find ways to im­prove their fo­cus and cog­ni­tive ca­pac­i­ties for thou­sands of years, and most an­cient civil­i­sa­tions had some com­bi­na­tion of men­tal ex­er­cise and medicine to help them reach this goal. To­day we can use any­thing from apps to an­cient med­i­ta­tion tech­niques to boost con­cen­tra­tion and hone our men­tal skills. If you go through with this, you will be able to con­trol your mood, learn faster and have an eas­ier time solv­ing prob­lems.

Be­come more con­fi­dent and take some chances. If you are con­fi­dent other peo­ple no­tice it, and it is much eas­ier to have your opin­ions heard, be com­fort­able when you’re out on a date and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-con­fi­dence will help you lead a much hap­pier life over­all. Don’t hes­i­tate to get some in­put on ways to boost your con­fi­dence.

Learn to con­trol your emo­tions. Un­con­trolled anger can get you into a lot of trou­ble. Be care­ful of the way you han­dle anger. Gain­ing con­trol over your feel­ings al­lows you to keep a level head and think more ra­tio­nally, even dur­ing emo­tion­ally charged con­flict sit­u­a­tions. Jeal­ousy and pride are de­struc­tive in all cir­cum­stances.

Earn more money. Even bil­lion­aires are al­ways look­ing for ways to earn more money, and we com­mon folks can def­i­nitely use an ad­di­tional source of in­come to make life a bit more com­fort­able. For­tu­nately, there are plenty of op­tions avail­able, like hav­ing side jobs, work­ing as a free­lancer or us­ing the in­ter­net to your ad­van­tage.

Be­come more po­lite. Good man­ners have al­ways been an im­por­tant part of a civilised so­ci­ety. They make it eas­ier to con­nect with oth­ers, avoid of­fend­ing peo­ple and will en­sure that oth­ers per­ceive you as a good and trust­wor­thy per­son. So know the eti­quette, be pre­pared for other man­ners which the peo­ple around you come with. Deal with rude peo­ple in the right way and learn how to say no.

Spend more time with the peo­ple that mat­ter the most. There is just too lit­tle time in this life for us to waste it on in­sin­cere, du­plic­i­tous and toxic peo­ple. We should fo­cus on the peo­ple who we care about deeply and who care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy. Spend more time with fam­ily and friends who have be­come fam­ily.

Get out of debt. You can’t re­ally move for­ward in life if you are weighed down by debt. The road to fi­nan­cial free­dom is a rocky one, but it is def­i­nitely man­age­able with a bit of plan­ning and self-re­straint. Take a look at th­ese strate­gies and meth­ods and pay off your debt. You won’t be­lieve how good it will feel.

Start sav­ing money. Once you have your debt un­der con­trol, it’s time to start putting some money aside. A rainy day fund and some ex­tra money that can go to­wards trav­el­ing; en­joy­ing a hol­i­day, fix­ing the house or buy­ing a new car. This will no doubt be a wel­come change of pace. Make use of all sorts of tips of how to save money ef­fi­ciently.

Face your fears and in­se­cu­ri­ties. You will find this par­tic­u­lar point masked be­neath other New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, but fear and in­se­cu­rity are of­ten the cause of sev­eral prob­lems that we want to ad­dress. You need to think of it as sur­viv­ing and con­trol­ling your fear rather than over­com­ing it, and it will en­able you to shed off a lot of the in­se­cu­ri­ties that you have.

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