Tips for Making an Effective New Year’s Resolutions

How many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions and have forgotten them by mid-January?  Here are some tips/guides for making meaningful goals for the New Year

Keep it simple

  • Take small steps. Many people quit because the goal is too big requiring too much effort and action all at once; break your goals down to very small attainable steps
  • Don’t wait till New Year’s eve to make resolutions. Make it a year long process, every day. If something is important, do not put it off.  Resolve to do it today!

Make it tangible and specific

  • Focus on one resolution, rather several and set realistic, specific goals. Losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 10 pounds in 90 days would be; Write down the steps you need to do daily to accomplish your goal.
  • Focus on the present. What’s the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal?

Make it obvious and sometimes public

  • Have an accountability buddy, someone close to you to whom you have to report;
  • Find a support group which meets weekly to help keep you focused on your goals.
  • Post your goals on social media can be a tool to help you keep focused too.

Keep believing you can do it

  • Focus your thinking on new behaviors and thought patterns. You have to create new neural pathways in your brain to change habits;
  • Celebrate your successes between milestones, no matter how small they might be!. Don’t wait to celebrate until the goal to be finally completed;
  • Be mindful. Become physically, emotionally and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens, moment-by-moment, rather than living in the past or future.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip, but don’t let the slip hold you back from working at your goal.

Happy 2017!

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