Make Good on Your New Year’s Resolutions

One of my favorite aspects about the end of the year is looking forward to the fresh start that a new year can bring, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. The holiday season is a perfect time to begin focusing on new goals and reassessing certain life choices that can bring improvements to your life.

Of course, we all know that for every resolution or life change we intend to make, more often than not, it ends up falling by the wayside due to procrastination, other life circumstances, or simply not having a plan that’s right for your lifestyle.

Making a resolution (or maybe a few) for the new year doesn’t have to be so fraught with complications and stressful issues, as long as you take the time to really plan your resolution out in a manner that is truly effective for you

Have A Plan

First of all, when coming up with a resolution, be sure to have it focus more on positivity than having a negative viewpoint. For example, instead of telling yourself to “be less lazy” or “lose weight,” choose more active words and phrases to make yourself more likely to achieve them. Don’t start by beating yourself up, since this will only discourage you from even trying in the first place.

It also helps to be more specific with your goals. A broad resolution leaves more room for procrastination and hesitation. This can mean labeling your resolution, “Go for a walk every day” instead of just “Exercise more,” or “Incorporate more protein and fiber into my diet” as opposed to “Eat healthier.” The more specific your goal, the easier it will be to actually take the actions necessary to get it done. 

As you work toward your goals and resolutions, you should definitely take the time to congratulate and reward yourself on any milestones you achieve. For example, losing five pounds should inspire you to treat yourself to a massage, or you can bake a batch of cookies every time you manage to complete a certain amount of hours exercising every week; however, if one of your goals is to lose weight, make sure you burn more calories than you consume from those cookies. 

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