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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
By now it has been almost two months since you decided on your new year’s resolutions. So how it is going? Are you having a difficult time sticking to those resolutions? It could be that you need to look at them in a new way.
It really is about learning about yourself. What is getting in your way of achieving your goals? If you have not made any progress towards your goals, then why? What can you see that you are or aren’t doing. What can you learn about yourself? Is it that you set unrealistic expectations? Do you lack proper planning? Do you try to go it alone?
Focus on the value of this change. Will it make you healthier? Will it help your financial well-being? Will it bring you close to those you care about? Reminding yourself of why you chose the ‘resolution’ will help your resolve. Staying focused on the value or worth of the change will help you stay on track.
Visualize and imagine that the change has already occurred. Visualize that you have reached your goal. For example, visualize that you no longer snack after dinner, or that you are making plans on a regular basis to get together with friends, or that you are paying all your bills on time. What does it feel like to be successful? Now you have a taste of what you want. Whatever the goal is, imagine that you have already achieved it and how it feels.
Know that it is within your control; it is really is all up to you and no one else can do it for you. If you really want this change, believe that you can do it. Have faith in your ability.
Don’t go it alone. Seek out support and help. Tell friends and family what your goals are and ask for their help. Make an appointment with a professional who is an expert in whatever your goal is, such as a fitness trainer or a psychotherapist.