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Resolute About Resolutions

Posted on December 27, 2011 | No Comments on Resolute About Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are like reading through the user’s manual of the laptop you just got for Christmas – you know it’s good for you, but halfway through you can’t even remember why you started reading it in the first place when all you wanted to do was update your Facebook.

It’s that time of the year when normal people like you and I put together the oft-ridiculed list of New Year’s resolutions. My resolution this year was to blog at least once a week. Safe to say, the last entry celebrating President Noynoy’s election isn’t exactly current. So what are some tips to actually make a New Year’s resolution list, much less stick to one?

Create a plan.
Setting a goal without planning is just wishful thinking. No one in any field who is successful today, reached their goals by simply making a list without breking them down into measurable, carefully planned steps. Whether it’s paying off all your debts, quitting smoking, or losing weight, you need to start each goal with a plan you feel comfortable following.

Start right away!
As the saying goes, “strike while the iron is hot .” If you’re like most people, if you don’t act on your resolutions right away, you’ll probably lose your motivating drive and put it off once again until next year. And the year after that.

Be realistic whe setting your goals.
No one is saying that you should intentionally underachieve, just that making unrealistic expectations are exactly what they are — unrealistic expectations. Try to focus your list on things you can control, like being more responsible with your time, not like hoping Manila traffic is suddenly going to be better next year.

Break down bigger goals into smaller ones.
The same way you don’t eat an entire cake with one swallow, you need to break down your goals into little, bite-sized pieces. If you plan to lose weight, consider making going to the gym at least twice a week or eating fast food only once a month another one of your goals.

Get and enlist support.
Being able to share common goals with friends or loved ones makes the task much easier to bear for everyone involved. Conserve gas or commuting expenses with coworkers by carpooling, become a healthier family by planning outings to the park instead of the mall, help fellow smokers kick the habit by enjoying a team sport together — there are endless possibilities when everyone puts their mind to it.

Aim for things that are truly important to you.
Like the two previous tips, it all boils down to your motivation and what’s expected of you, not what others around you are doing or what you think you ought to do. If you feel like you need to lose a few pounds or be a better coworker, do it because you want to and not because your spouse thinks you should or because you want your boss to give you a raise.

Write it down.
Keep it in a notebook you take everywhere with you, save it as your desktop background, on a magnet on your refrigerator just do whatever you have make sure it’s a visible part everyday routine. For diabetics, keeping a food journal will go a long way both for total wellness and in being able to closely track your target levels.

We all make resolutions for one reason or another, so just keep these and other helpful tips in mind and hopefully, this coming year will be the one that sees you successfully carry-out every one of your resolutions. Just don’t make one of them a resolution to never make resolutions.

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