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Make Your New Year`s Resolutions Stick

Make Your New Year`s Resolutions Stick

The beginning of each year is a time for reflection and a time to have a fresh start. Our fresh starts usually begin with a list of things we would like to change or goals we want to accomplish over the coming year. It is not uncommon however that many of these changes and goals are never realized by the end of the year. The resolutions we made early on became "unstuck." Below are four useful suggestions to help increase the probability that your New Year`s resolutions will stick this year.

1. Quantify it: Sometimes we are just too vague about what we want. Therefore, a resolution such as, "I want to lose weight this year" will probably fail. Be specific. How much weight? It is not enough to resolve that: "I want to save more money this year." Quantify it. How much do you want to save?

2. Set a deadline: Resolutions that are to be achieved "as soon as possible" wind up in the heap of "someday." Deadlines are commitments. Without a deadline, getting started is easily postponed. Deadlines help us make a commitment to ourselves and help us know when we`ve been successful and when we haven`t. Deadlines also help us to break our resolution down into do-able steps. For example, if your goal is to lose 25 pounds by June 30, that translates into approximately 4 pounds per month, one pound per week, or a daily reduction of caloric intake (or an increase in daily caloric burn) of just 500 calories per day. Now that`s manageable. 500 calories a day is easy to achieve, whereas 25 pounds may sound impossible. Until we quantify our goal, set a deadline, then break it down to its daily requirements, the resolution will forever seem unattainable.

3. Change one or two things at a time: Change is difficult even when we want it. People seek the familiar and avoid the strange. Change takes time, therefore the more change you require of yourself, the greater your chance of failure. Focus on one or two of the more important resolutions you seek to accomplish this year. When you achieve one, start on the next one. Don`t overwhelm yourself with too much change at once.

4. Be realistic: The excitement of a new start can sometimes make us take on extraordinary and unrealistic changes. It is important to be realistic. In order to be successful remember that you can only accomplish a certain amount within a specific period of time. Protect yourself from for failure and disappointment by setting realistic goals for the year.

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