Here are a few of my favorite New Year’s resolutions:
“I’m going to go on a diet.”
“I’m going to quit smoking.”
“I’m going to start exercising.”
I love quotes that make you think and one that comes to mind here is,
”Tomorrow Never Comes”.
Here are a few ways to make New Year’s resolutions work.
- If you have something that you want to accomplish, the first thing you must do is take it from being a “want to do” to a “ must do”.
- You must act immediately. Stop talking about what you’re going to do and begin doing it –NOW!
- Tell everyone in your life about your goals. This will stop you from backing out and it reconfirms your convictions.
- Write your goal down and post it on your refrigerator so you see it every day and read it aloud every day.
- Begin slowly at a pace your life can tolerate without being a strain.
For instance, if your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, take one cigarette out of the new package every day. Throw it away and only having one package per day. Every week remove one more cigarette, until one day, you buy a new package and throw the whole thing in the garbage.
Before you make your New Year’s resolution
Create an environment for success, taking your lifestyle and personality into account. For example:
- If your best friend smokes then you might not be able to have them over for a few months.
- If your partner smokes, they can help by slowly quitting as well or not smoking in your presence.
The most difficult thing about life changes is understanding that you will stumble and fall.
- You will have a day that knocks you down, but you must get back up.
- Get back on course right away instead of giving up and saying “it’s too hard!”
- You didn’t go to the gym for a week?-so what!
- Start your program over, you will succeed if you keep trying.
This is why New Year’s resolutions seldom work. They are too difficult to do on a whim and you give yourself too much time to talk yourself out of your goal. You must have conviction and things must be structured to succeed.
So this year set yourself up for success and make a New Year’s resolution that will become a lifestyle.