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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tips for Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

Are you having trouble keeping your New Year's Resolutions? Here are some tips...

1. Get support. Find a friend, or perhaps create a whole team, to support you in keeping your resolutions. Select a person or people who believe in you, believe in the importance of your goals, believe in your ability to achieve your goals, but also support you lovingly when you backslide. Establish a regular schedule for reporting your progress to your friend or the team.

2. Set interim goals, preferably daily goals. Often the short term goals are obvious. If your resolution is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a hundred days, it is clear what you need to do each day. However, if your goal were to find a loving and compatible lifetime partner in the next six months, you would need to create a detailed plan and establish a hierarchy of interim goals.

3. Keep a journal of your progress. Record your progress daily, whatever the day's results turn out to be. If your resolution is writing a novel, record the days you throw a whole chapter into the trash as well as the days you write nothing, or ten pages or five.

4. Reward yourself for each day's accomplishment. This does not mean to reward yourself by backsliding. Let the reward for keeping to your diet be granting yourself time to read a great book, or making a small purchase, NOT eating a piece of chocolate.

5. Love, honor, and respect yourself whatever you do or do not do.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these tips Jonathan. :-) We may often feel that we’re alone in the process of fulfilling our resolutions, but it helps to know that our friends and family could help us gain success with their support. Setting goals a day at a time, keeping track of our progress, anticipating a reward at the end and knowing that whatever resolutions we decide and get to keep will be for our own sake all help build one’s determination and enthusiasm to see them through.

    P.S. Check out www.makemorelivemoregivemore.com to help you narrow down and fulfil your resolutions, and for ideas on how you could make more and live more this 2010.

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