How do you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions for good? Here are some tips on how you can stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2010. There are so many different resolutions one can choose. Some will choose a variety of New Year’s Resolutions and I say that’s the biggest problem in sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Narrow down what you want to accomplish in 2010. Don’t try to set 15 New Year’s Resolutions. It waters down what you really want to accomplish. Setting several goals for New Year’s Resolutions might work in theory but it becomes confusing and keeps you from concentrating on what really needs to be done. Let’s say you would like to quit smoking, lose weight and pick up a new boyfriend. Those three New Year’s Resolutions are all commonplace this time of year. Can you possibly stick to all three New Year’s Resolutions for good?
Chances are you can accomplish two of the three but sometimes fighting to stick to all of the above New Year’s Resolutions can be overwhelming. So narrow down your New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps you can even prioritize in order what you really want to accomplish for 2010. Maybe you want to lose weight and quit smoking before you even attempt to get a girlfriend. Maybe you need to quit smoking first because your eating habits sometimes merge with your need to smoke. There are many different reasons why narrowing down your New Year’s Resolutions will help you concentrate on a particular task at hand. Don’t let that overwhelming feeling prevent you from accomplishing one or all of the New Year’s Resolutions you’d like to stick to in 2010.
Set goals and stick to it. Most of the successful people in the world are goal setters. There is no shame in setting little steps along the way-particularly with a New Year’s Resolution like losing weight. If you are more than 40 pounds overweight then face the facts that it’s not going to happen overnight. Set little goals. Maybe you want to aim for 5 pounds a month. That’s a long term goal and sticking with this New Year’s Resolution might take 8 months if you want to drop 40 pounds. That’s completely okay because your body will transition smoothly if you can manage to do just that. Dropping 5 pounds a month also is very accommodating for how you should lose weight. By that I mean that subtle lifestyle changes can be made along the way.
Quit drinking soda one month. Drop french fries in the 2nd month. Quit eating fast food all together in the third month. Stop eating after 7pm in the 4th month. These little steps, which can be altered obviously to fit your needs, can make big differences in the long run. Remember to exercise in whatever way is possible for your body. If you can’t run or job then it’s okay to walk. Just make sure you are active and that will help the pounds fall off if you are taking other steps to reduce the way you eat. If you set goals and stick to it, your New Year’s Resolution of losing weight is a strong possibility.
If you don’t lose a lot of weight in the first month then don’t get down. Certainly don’t give up if you don’t meet the 5 pound goal. Just keep plugging away. Losing weight is not something that needs to be done over a course of three to four months. Truly losing weight involves lifestyle changes and small baby steps. Once you adopt good habits you need to forget your bad habits for good. How does this apply to smoking? Set a goal of reducing your smoking week by week. Many try to quit cold turkey and that does work for some. If you can’t do this then take the step by step formula.
Keep a positive attitude and post reminders. Stay away from bad influences. You don’t have to stay completely away from smokers if you want to quit smoking. It certainly would help but try this instead. Just inform your smoker friends of what you plan to accomplish in 2010. Most smokers understand why people want to quit smoking so there really is no explanation needed. Inform your friends that you don’t want to go out for a smoke break at work because it might make you start again. Stay positive and don’t get angry. Some smokers smoke when they get angry so stay away from that. Also, post reminders on the frig and at work of what you are trying to accomplish in 2010. If you really want to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2010 then visual reminders along every step of the way will help you keep focus.
I hope these ideas will help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2010. It’s not easy but remember many of us will all be in the same boat as we enter a new decade. Stick to your plan by setting goals, staying positive and narrowing down what you want to accomplish.