Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

Are you making New Year’s resolutions for 2011? Lots of people like to make New Year’s resolutions. They get all excited about the changes they are going to make and then by the second or third week in January, they have abandoned their hopes for self improvement. What’s most important is making New Year’s resolutions that stick – so your year has a chance of creating positive change in your life. Let’s talk about how to do this.

Begin by thinking about where you would most like to see positive change in your life. Your finances? Social life? Career? Other area? Don’t think about what others tell you that you should improve – focus on what you want to improve. A change that you are excited to make has a greater chance for success. Choose an area to change and what you would like to change the most.

Once you have an area that you would like to change, start to brainstorm about the ways you could create that positive change. If your goal is to lose 40 pounds then you could go on a diet, start exercising and stop eating junk food for a few examples. There are other changes you could make, but those three things would likely have great positive effect on your New Year’s resolution. Come up with 3 to 5 ideas that would create change in the area you’ve chosen.

Choose one of those ways and start doing it right away – on January 1st or even earlier. The trick is to choose the one you feel the most confident about. If you think you’d do the best giving up junk food for healthier recipes then do that. Or if exercising regularly excites you then do that. But give yourself one change to make. Of course you can do even more to support your change – but tell yourself you are committed to making that one single change for the moment.

After a month of doing that one change, you’ll see some improvement in that area no matter what it is. It is time to add another one of your ideas to your changes. So if you gave up junk food perhaps now is the time to go on an actual diet as well. Maybe you can also start a regular exercise program. Starting slowly like this instead of all at once gives you a chance to adapt to changes. It also gives you confidence as you tackle your bad habits and replace them with good ones.

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