Keep Your New Years Resolution In 2010
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As December comes to a close people everywhere are taking down Christmas decorations and looking forward to the new year. This is a time of hope and promise, and for many a time of renewal. Statistics show that about 45% of us will make a new Years resolution in 2010. Before we even pop the cork on our celebratory bottle of champagne we’ll be making plans to do things differently in the coming year.
According to USA.gov most of us will resolve to lose weight, get out of dept, or go back to school. Some want to vanquish vice this holiday season., and vow to quit smoking or to drink less. In other words, we want to be better, look better or do better, so we hitch our wagon of good intentions to the New Years resolution.
Unfortunately statistics show that our chances of success are slim. January is the busiest month of the year for health clubs and gyms but 12% wont even make it past the first week. We might marginalize our failures, but they chip away at our self-esteem until we’re doubtful of our ability to change at all.
Lasting change is hard but not impossible, and studies show that despite a high percentage of failure, the very act of making a resolution will improve your chances. Before you take the plunge this year take a look at the suggestions below. Implement these tips and 2010 will be the year you succeed.
1. Why do you want to change? Your motivation for change is often an important factor in your success or failure. Choose a goal that is important to you. If you try to quit smoking because your spouse is unhappy with your habit you probably wont succeed.
2. Make a goal. Buy a notebook that can serve as your New Years Resolution Diary. Write your goal on the first page. Your goal should be one that you can reasonably expect to achieve. It’s not reasonable to vow to run five miles a day if you’ve never even jogged around the block. Nobody is an expert in the beginning. If your goal is to begin by walking a mile every day you’re far more likely to stick with it.
3. Quantify your goal. Make a specific goal, and set small deadlines for yourself throughout the year. In other words don’t decide that you must lose 30 pounds in 2010. Instead focus on a 2 pound weight loss every month. Two pounds is a reasonable expectation, and it creates a series of milestones in your weight loss journey. Each success is a reason to celebrate. Reward yourself with a massage or a pedicure when you reach your 2 lb goal each month.
4. Cultivate a strong support system. Explain your goal to friends and family. Ask them to help you stay on track. A good group of supporters can keep you accountable, and it’s great to have someone to help you celebrate when you succeed.
5. Be patient. Our culture is hardwired for instant gratification. Be patient, change doesn’t happen overnight. It can take months to change a habit.
6. Keep trying. This is about progress not perfection. If you slip, don’t punish yourself or use it as an excuse to fall back into old behaviors. No one gets it right all the time. Just keep your eye on the prize.
Know that 2010 will be your year to succeed. In fact you might as well start planning your 2011 resolution because this one is in the bag. Happy New Year!