Sticking to your New Year’s Resolution!

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Sticking to your New Year’s Resolution!

Get in better shape!  Lose weight!  Eat less, workout more!  Be more active! Do any of these resolutions sound familiar?  The start of a new year brings an opportunity to make changes for the better.  A chance to clear the slate, start anew, kick bad habits, and pick up a few good ones.  How exciting! Right?

Yet, we often lose the eagerness, dedication, and excitement for our resolutions before accomplishing our goals.  Well not you, not this year!  Here are a few tips that will help you stick to your new year’s resolutions:

  • Keep It Simple: Don’t commit to too many resolutions.   Instead of attempting to stick to a laundry list of resolutions, really take ownership of 1 to 3 changes and focus all of your energy accomplishing those goals.  Focusing on a small number of changes will increase your likelihood of success.
  • Tell A Friend: It is much easier to slack off on a goal that nobody knows about but you.  However, it is much more difficult to deviate from your plan when you have those close to you checking in and holding you accountable!  Make your resolution(s) a joint activity with a friend.  Schedule check-in times and hold each other accountable.
  • Be Specific:  The more specific the resolution, the more likely you are to stick to it.  Goals such as “lose weight” and “go to the gym more” are too generic.  Instead, replace those goals with more specific resolutions such as: “lose 15 pounds by April 1st” or “go to the gym at least 4 times a week.”
  • Bounce Back:  This is probably the most important tip.  We all have plans and goals that we deviate away from periodically.  Nobody is perfect!  The trick is not letting a minor setback turn into the end of the resolution.  When you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off, pick yourself up, and hop right back on!

Follow these tips and make 2016 the year that you stick to your new year’s resolutions!  Happy New Year and Good Luck!

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