New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make, and the resolve to follow through. There is no other time of year when the whole atmosphere is so conducive for reflection. The window of opportunity is small, however, so if you are a resolutions person, follow these suggestions to stay on track.
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals — Make sure your goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable,Realistic, and Time-based. Instead of just saying “I’m going on a diet”, come up with bite-sized goals for each week. Start simple by eliminating one or two things at a time.
- Focus on one thing at a time — The chance of success is greater when we channel our energy into changing a single aspect or behavior. Chart your progress, and move to the next.
- Motivate yourself by staying positive — Be your own cheerleader when you achieve your goals, instead of focusing on failures. You will get much better results by thinking of the good things that will come from your new lifestyle.
- Plot your success — Find a way of charting your achievements that works for you. If you don’t like journaling, try a graph, or a note on your refrigerator.
- Go public — Once you tell your family, friends, or colleagues about your resolution, you will be less likely to give in to temptation. Ask for support, and you will be pleasantly surprised at who steps up to help you.
- Use visualization — Visualize yourself doing whatever you need to do to achieve your resolution. Focusing on the image will help you believe in your ability to succeed and boost your confidence.
Topping off many resolution lists are adopting a more active lifestyle, and eating healthier.
We are committed to helping you achieve those goals. Until then, indulge and enjoy!
~Happy New Year~