Keeping Your Resolutions

Posted on January 5, 2011

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By Deanna Smith

If you are human chances are you usually make resolutions for the new year, and if you are human chances are you’ve broken most, if not all, of them. Unfortunately for many of us our New Year’s goals stay exactly that, goals. We here at The Mustang want to help, not only you but ourselves too, from allowing our resolutions to become lifestyle changes and no longer unattained goals. We have compiled a list of tips that can help you stay on track and turn your goals into habits:

  1. Keep It Simple – Limit your number of resolutions. It may not seem like it, but resolutions are lifestyle changes. While making one lifestyle change is hard enough, trying to make 5 or 6 at the same time many become more than one can handle. Breaking or creating a new habit requires a conscious effort and your chances of success increase if you are able to put more focus on a few goals than trying to focus on a variety of goals.
  2. Be Real With Yourself – Make honest and attainable goals. There isn’t anything wrong with thinking big but there is a reason your previous goals were not reached. Use your common sense along with a little research and set realistic goals. Saving $10,000 this year is not going to happen if you only make $11,000 annually.
  3. Change your ways – If you want different results you have to take different steps. Nothing will change if you don’t change the things you were doing before. Don’t expect to lose weight if you are not willing to change your diet and exercise habits.
  4. Make Progress – The key to reaching a goal is to work towards it. Don’t just expect things to happen, you have to make them happen, and hardly anything happens overnight. Break your goal down to smaller terms. Short-term goals are easier to keep and frequent accomplishments will keep you motivated. Work your way through each short-term goal until you reach your ultimate goal.
  5. Talk about It – Don’t keep your resolution to yourself, there are many perks to talking about it. Every time you announce your resolution to a friend or post a status about it on Facebook you get yourself motivated all over again. Telling other people also can hold you accountable; you don’t want to have to explain to everyone in March that you just gave up. Plus, if you surround yourself with good people, informing them of your goals can allow them to become your support group, chances are someone else has the same goal and you guys can help one another on the journey.
  6. Keep Trying – If you miss a step or make a mistake just keep going. Experts say it takes an average of 21 days for form a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your lifestyle, so mistakes are bound to happen. When they do happen, catch yourself in the mistake and get back into practicing your new habit, catching and correcting yourself is still better than where you were before.

Following these steps will give you a better chance of keeping your New Year’s resolutions and making them a part of your daily living. Good Luck to all of you and keep us informed of your progress.

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