Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick!

Ah, the season for resolutions is upon us.  Only, if you’re like me, that season is woefully short-lived – often by week two, I’ve forgotten what my resolutions were!  Last year, I wanted to get into shape, learn a new language, be more organized, and launch this website. I’ve had marginal success with the first three, but did manage (with some hair-loss and late nights) to get this site up and running. Why was I only able to achieve my last goal? I found three key ingredients to making a resolution stick.  Perhaps they’ll help you with your 2011 resolutions.

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1. Do you really want to make this goal a reality?
You have to want it so badly it hurts! I like the idea of having a butt-kicking body like Angelina Jolie, but I’d be lying to myself if I said I was really willing to put in the time and energy to get that fit. Take the time to ask yourself why your goal is important to you. Are you willing to make the necessary sacrifices or put in the time?

2. Do you have a plan on how to get from where you are now to where you want to be?
I’ve only achieved goals where I’ve had some kind of game plan. My husband is very effective at completing tasks and achieving goals and I believe it’s his ability to create road maps for himself. I tend to create them in my head, but writing them down and outlining a plan ensures you don’t flounder.

3. Do you have mini-goals in place?
I need a lot of little pats on the back to reassure myself that a goal is achievable and remind myself I’m making progress. When I was in the process of launching this website, I would tell myself to get my business cards printed by next week, or phone one advertiser a day. These small doable tasks helped me move forward and made the process less overwhelming.

Below are more tips and tricks from experienced motivational and inspiration experts. If you have a resolution that you want to make a reality, then take the time to read the following articles. (Click on titles to access articles.)

Six Steps to Accomplish Your Goals and Resolutions from About.com

9 Tips: Plan for your New Year’s Resolution Today from DaveyWaveyFitness.com

New Year’s Resolutions, Yoga Style from ThatsFit.ca

5 Tips to Hitting your New Year’s Resolution from MorningCoach.com

Use Mind-Mapping Software To Organize Your New Year Resolutions from MakeUseOf.com.

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