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Not long after you hear the words, “Happy New Year!!!” you may be hit by a nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach. It happens to many of us, actually, and it has to do with what we’re “supposed” to when New Year’s Day rolls around every year. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? That’s right – it’s New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions are the obligatory promises we make to ourselves about how we’re going to finally lose weight, exercise more, spend less, go for that job position, and all kinds of other possibilities.
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Often, we make these resolutions because we think we have to, not because we want to, and we do it just to get it done.
But, there are things you can do to actually make smart new year’s resolutions that actually can be accomplished. It just takes a little smart planning.
Did you know that the most common new year’s resolution is to get in shape?
Whether that is among your new year’s resolutions or not, here’s the cheat sheet you need to accomplish your new year’s resolutions!
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Put them in writing
As soon as you put a goal or resolution in writing, it makes the concept just a bit more real. Writing your resolutions down sets just a bit of accountability to yourself in place. This is the first step in actually keeping those New Year’s resolutions.
Share your resolutions with someone else. This gives you someone else to be accountable to – even if they do nothing to hold you accountable. You’ve put it out there, you’ve made it more real, and you know that whomever you’ve shared it with could actually ask you about your progress at some point. Sharing on Facebook or another social media platform is an excellent way to kick your rear into gear. Once you put it out there on Facebook, it’s “Facebook official,” right?
When making New Year’s Resolutions, you need to be specific not only in the resolutions and goals that you set, but also in the steps you’ll take to get there. It’s not enough to say you want to lose weight. You need to follow that up with a plan of exactly how you will be losing weight – in this case it could be limiting calories, not eating late at night, eating more fruits and veggies, or drinking more water, for instance.
Don’t expect perfection
I’m not perfect, and I can say you’re not either. Old habits are hard to break, and new habits take time to form. For this reason, don’t expect to get it all right right away. You may have setbacks, you may backslide, and you may just throw in the towel temporarily. But, when these things get back on track and don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t expect perfection while giving it your very best every single day – which may look a bit different from day to day
Track your progress
There is nothing that will keep us going like giving ourselves a nice little pat on the back. Any progress is progress no matter how small, and progress is to be celebrated. Often when we see these little improvements it can be the added push we need to keep going. Regularly track the progress you’re making on your New Year’s resolutions.
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New Year’s resolutions are something we all sort of dread, but they don’t have to be. If we go about accomplishing our resolutions in a calm and organized manner, we are more likely to achieve them. Use these tips to help you accomplish your goals and be a better you!