How to keep your reso­lu­tions

The Covington News - - Local news -

It’s one thing to make New Year’s reso­lu­tions, but it’s an en­tirely dif­fer­ent thing to fol­low through with them. Break­ing reso­lu­tions is al­most as much a time-hon­ored tra­di­tion as dream­ing up what you hope to ac­com­plish in the new year.

How­ever, there are ways to hedge the odds in fa­vor of keep­ing reso­lu­tions. Just fol­low th­ese point­ers:

• Set re­al­is­tic goals: Re­al­is­tic goals with firm dead­lines are much eas­ier to achieve than open-ended goals that are too lofty. If you want to lose weight, for ex­am­ple, aim for weekly goals that are man­age­able, such as a pound or two a week, in­stead of say­ing you want to lose 30 pounds in to­tal. This way you can see suc­cess at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and keep up with the goal.

• Make a plan: Once you come up with res­o­lu­tion goals, fig­ure out the way to achieve them. If you re­solve to quit smok­ing, maybe the plan in­volves vis­it­ing the doc­tor for a nicotinere­place­ment pre­scrip­tion, or find­ing a friend who will quit with you and pro­vide moral sup­port. Hav­ing a clear plan will en­able you to work more read­ily to­ward the goal.

• Post your goal: Visu­al­iz­ing your goal and end re­sults could be the mo­ti­va­tion you need. Cut out pic­tures that rep­re­sent your res­o­lu­tion and post them on the re­frig­er­a­tor or on the bath­room mir­ror. This way you are forced to see the goal ev­ery sin­gle day. If it’s fresh in your mind, you may be more likely to fol­low through.

• Find a sup­port team: A friend, rel­a­tive or sim­ply some­one there to of­fer mo­ti­va­tion can be your ticket to res­o­lu­tion suc­cess. It’s much eas­ier to ac­com­plish what is pre­sumed to be the im­pos­si­ble when you have some­one root­ing for you.

• Come up with a re­ward: With an eye on a prize other than the end re­sult of your res­o­lu­tion, you may work harder. For ex­am­ple, if your res­o­lu­tion is to save X amount of money, make the prize a trip or spe­cial pur­chase that was made pos­si­ble by those hard-earned sav­ings.

Let 2009 be the year that you think of re­al­is­tic reso­lu­tions and truly achieve all of your goals.

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