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10 tips to Keep your Resolutions

Posted on January 3, 2010

It is that time of year where everyone is making resolutions for improvement in 2010.  Keep these simple 10 tips in mind to keep you on track to reach your goals.

  1. Be realistic
    The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable.
  2. Plan ahead
    Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31 arrives.
  3. Outline your plan
    Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have one more cigarette. This could include calling on a friend for help or practicing positive thinking and self-talk.
  4. Make a “pro” and “con” list
    It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
  5. Talk about it
    Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best case scenario is to find yourself a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
  6. Reward yourself
    This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something that you enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you’ve been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, perhaps your reward could be going to a movie with a friend.
  7. Track your progress
    Keep track of each small success you make toward reaching your larger goal. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, say, focus on losing that first 5. Keeping a food diary can help you stay on task….if you have to see it in print every day, do you really want to eat it?
  8. Don’t beat yourself up
    Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take each day one at a time.
  9. Stick to it
    Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.
  10. Keep trying
    If your resolution has totally run out of steam by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! There’s no reason you can’t make a “New Year’s resolution” any time of year.

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