Making Resolutions Stick

I love the opportunity to start over fresh. Whether it be a new day, new week, new job, we are constantly presented with the choice to change our attitudes and our lives. Now, a new year is right around the corner. Millions of Americans will jump on the opportunity to start over with New Year's Resolutions.

And I'm all for it! I'll make a few resolutions of my own as well. Most of those Americans will probably fail at their resolutions before January is even over. Some will make it to February, but very few will go much further.

But you can be one of those very few! The key to success is so simple.

Avoid all-or-nothing resolutions, start small and allow yourself to make mistakes.

That's it! Well, that's the gist of it anyway. But think about it. Let's say you resolve to exercise 5 days a week. Maybe you make it 4 days in a row. Then Day 5 rolls around and you're exhausted. You had to work late and barely had time to shovel some fast food in your face before passing out in front of the TV. Ideally, you would start over again the following week. And maybe you do. But Day 1 was just as busy as Day 5. So you try Day 2. Then Day 3 rolls around and you just don't feel like exercising. By Day 4 you just feel too guilty to even think about it and  by Day 5 you've thrown in the towel.

Does that sound familiar? This could easily be avoided and turned into a long term habit. Imagine if you resolved to exercise regularly in 2013. Without any set in stone rules, it is possible to miss a whole week of exercise and just start over the following week. Forgive yourself for missing that one week, and keep moving forward.

If, by the end of 2013, you're not exercising 5 days a week, that's ok. Maybe you exercise 2 days a week. Maybe you exercise 2 times a week. Maybe (like me), you fell off the wagon in the last couple months. Forgive yourself! Start over or increase your goals in 2014.

So, with this in mind, what your New Year's Resolutions?


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