Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

Each January, people make a list of resolutions and set off to make changes in their lives. At first, they may be very motivated, but soon that wears off and by February, most people have long forgotten their resolutions.

To make your resolutions stick, you need to have a real reason to change. Making a resolution to lose weight just for cosmetics reasons may not be as motivating as if your doctor told you that you had high cholesterol.

That doesn’t mean you need a medical reason to make a change. You can succeed at anything you set your mind to. Try to stay focused on the change you making. Using the above example, focus on getting healthy rather than losing a certain amount of weight. If you eat healthy and exercise daily, you will naturally lose weight.

Some people have a ready supply of will power and do not need any help in keeping their resolutions. If this sounds like you, you are ahead of the game. If you happen to be the opposite kind of person, you may want to find an accountability partner.

An accountability partner is someone who can help you stay on track and provide support when you feel like giving up. You can ask a friend or family member to help you. Another idea is to join a group of people online who are trying to make the same change as you. Since they are all going through the same thing, they can make an excellent source of support. If you can’t find an existing group, you can use Yahoo Groups to start your own group.

Making a change can be very difficult. There will be days when you will want to give up. That is normal. When you feel that urge, just remember that the end result will be worth it and push yourself to keep moving forward.

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