Monday, January 15, 2018

3 Ways to Keep New Year's Resolutions

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Happy New Year to you all!  Were you able to stay up until midnight and ring in the New Year?  If you did, kudos to you all.  So you got through the holidays and rang in the New Year.  Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?  Most people mean well when they tell themselves that they are making a clean start to the year, and this will be the year that they accomplish all the things they told themselves they would do last year.  But as the year progresses, and I speak from experience, this becomes a daunting task for even the best of us.  Below are 3 Ways to Keep New Year's Resolutions!

#1 Make sure that your goal is realistic

Be sure that your New Year's resolutions you make are attainable.  Start small, and take it one step at a time.  Don't beat yourself up about your goals.  Each and each baby step you take towards your goals every day is a victory.  Start with a planned timeline of when you will attain this goal.  You may also make up a chart of your daily progress.  This will give you a visual of how much you've accomplished.  Celebrate each small victory that will help spur you on.

#2 Receive support from friends and family

Getting support from your family and friends can be paramount in accomplishing your New Year's resolutions.  It helps to keep you accountable so that you don't give up.  Keeping the name of a great friend or your close family on your speed dial to talk to when you really need it, can be the difference between giving up, and being spurred on to complete your resolutions.

#3 Treat yourself as you accomplish your resolutions

Allow yourself to celebrate each New Year's resolution accomplished by rewarding yourself with some simple pleasure that you really enjoy.  Go for a bike ride or a trip to the zoo.  Whatever it is you really think will make you happy, just do it.  Enjoying simple pleasures in life will help to spur you on to the next resolution you've made for yourself.

Regardless of how many resolutions you make, the goal is to improve your life in the coming year.  Whether it's changing a negative behavior or deciding to volunteer to help others if you commit to keeping your New Year's resolutions, it is sure to enhance your life and make it a happier one.  Good luck, and no matter what, keep reaching for the stars!

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