How to keep your resolutions
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.