Like any emergency situation, think about your personal list of resolutions like this: When there is a crisis, the person to help is the one most capable of helping everybody else. That person is you! The mother, the sister, the daughter, the wife, the friend ... you have so many people to care for, so make a resolution that will benefit and fulfill you!
Wanting to make a change for the better is already a step in the right direction. To make it happen requires that a four-step plan be put into effect:
1. Choose Realistic Goals
Make this your year! Choosing the right goals for the right reasons is crucial in achieving success. Identifying the motivation behind why you are choosing a specific goal will help you to avoid setting goals for the wrong reasons. Remember, choose a resolution for yourself and not others!
Overwhelmed by the multitude of things you should be eating and you should be doing? Put a little research into your areas of interest, ask your friends and co-workers for tips, and remember, there are no tricks!
Aim high! The most successfully achieved goals are those that are difficult, and therefore present a challenge, but not so difficult that success is unrealistic.
Be specific and commit to it. Remember that change will not happen overnight and will require slight modifications to various behaviors. Start with small, easy goals, and add more as you slowly adapt:
• Add nutrient-packed vegetables and fruits to your diet and opt for whole grains to improve your health.
• Set 20 minutes aside 3 times a week for aerobic activity to get your heart pumping.
• Schedule 10 minutes a day for calming deep breathing in a quiet place to dramatically reduce your stress levels.
2. Identify The Plan
Like any good plan, action must be taken! Set small measurable goals to achieve throughout the year, such as losing 3 pounds a month rather than 36 pounds for the year. Assign yourself tasks with due dates that will move you closer to your goals.
3. Stick With It
Ten percent of women are more likely to accomplish their resolutions when making them public and receiving support from family and friends.
The new year brings a rush of motivation that tends to fizzle out by February.
Place motivational stick-it notes on the fridge, in your daybook, on your monitor at work and anywhere they will be in plain sight to give you a boost of motivation all year long.
4. Be Good to Yourself
Be flexible, forgiving and follow through! Do not abandon your goals because of a few mistakes or slip-ups; take them in stride and keep going.
Reward yourself. Each new day of this new year represents a new opportunity to get back on track and stick with it. Reward yourself with a celebratory lunch, a new book or indulge in a massage – you've earned it!
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