Keeping Resolutions

Keeping resolutions you make can be easy if you know how. Most good intentions don't last long and there are good reasons why. Here are some tips to help you make the kind of resolutions you will keep.

1. Keep it Simple

Don't make a multitude of resolutions that are long and complex. Think about what is most important to you to change in your life and come up with one simple step in that direction. For example if losing weight is something you want to do, just make that the general goal and forget about everything else you might want to add to the list. Complexity makes keeping resolutions very difficult while simplicity helps you reach your goals.

2. Be Specific

Taking the above example, put a number to it. Like - "I'm going to lose 10 pounds."

3. Be Realistic

Using the same example 10 pounds is probably realistic. 40 pounds might not be.

4. Time Bound It Include Steps

Like - "I'm going to lose 10 pounds by March 30 and my goal is to lose approx. 4 pounds each month."

5. Come up with a workable plan you can stick to.

For example - "I will cut down on carbohydrates by going on a Mediterranean type diet using the new cookbook I bought and will prepare healthy nutritious low carb meals for myself on at least five nights each week. I will also exercise or walk four times each week for at least a half hour."

6. Build in simple rewards for yourself along the way.

For example - "Each month when I have reached my goal I will treat myself to a spa day."

Put your resolution to the test using the principles outlined above. Then write it all down, post it in a visible place, and go to it. Good luck.

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