A new year, a new beginning. A clean slate to work with, work on, and learn about. Forget the failures and speed bumps of last year, this year is wide open and anything is possible.
1. Buy yourself a notebook or create yourself a free blog where you can list your resolutions. This is a great way to go back throughout the year and check your progress, and even look back a few years later to remind yourself how far you have come.
2. Start with bad habits. Make a list of all your negative aspects, or at least the ones you want to try and improve on. You can’t accomplish everything all at once so concentrate on what you most want to improve like quitting smoking, swearing, eating junk food.
3. Don’t just look at your bad habits, take a moment to think of the things that you do well. How could you improve on those aspects during the new year? Do you speak conversational Spanish but would like to become more fluent? What about giving out compliments? This is something that can always be improved upon.
4. No one ever sets rewards for themselves with resolutions. They set the goal but then there is never a reward. It’s no wonder so many people slack off a couple of weeks into January. Set a reasonable goal and set an attainable award. Want to lose 30 lbs? Well if you lose it maybe you should take a beach vacation once you hit that special number on the scale.
5. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your goal, or if you take a day, or a week off from your new resolution. Just pick yourself up and start again. You’re in charge.
6. Find a resolution buddy. Anything is better with a friend. If you are trying to lose weight, set up times when you and your buddy can work out together. If you are working towards finishing the Great American Novel join a writing or critique group.
7. Make it a habit. Doing something every day will quickly retrain your body and your brain. Experts say it can take as little as 21 days to form a habit. So stick with it and it will quickly become second nature.
8. Don’t let others dissuade you from your goals. Friends, spouses, and family can all be great supporters, or big detractors. If the people you surround yourself with are pulling you down, or away from your goals, take a step back and either limit your time with them or firmly let them know that you are working towards improving yourself and you would appreciate their support.