A New Year’s resolution is all about making change happen in your life.  It should not be made arbitrarily, but rather be something that you really want to do.  Write down the resolution and why it is so important to you.


The Power of Positive Thinking


If you do not have a positive mindset, you are setting yourself up for failure.  If you truly believe that change is within reach, you can make that change happen.  Accept that you will encounter challenges and may stray from your goal from time to time.  Recognize these lapses for what they are.  Believe that you can succeed.


Narrow your Focus


With large goals, it is easy to become overwhelmed.  To avoid this and stay on track, narrow your focus by breaking the goal into small, easily achievable tasks.  For example, if you resolve to lose weight, set a goal of losing 1 pound every week. 

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This may seem incredibly small, especially if your goal is to lose 100+ pounds.  Understand that by keeping the goals small and easily achievable, you will feel a sense of accomplishment every time you achieve one.


Post Subtle Reminders


Write your resolution on a piece of paper and tape it to your mirror, the corner of your laptop, or wherever you cannot help but see it every day.  When you re-read it, think about why you chose it to begin with.  Renew your desire to achieve it. 


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Focus on feeling good about how much you have already achieved, not on how much you have left to do.  By keeping the change positive, you will feel good about it and not give up.


Enlist Support


Whatever your goal may be having a friend or family member who supports your efforts can help you meet it.  People tend to motivate each other, especially if they “buddy up”.  You do not want to disappoint your partner by not following through.

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There are many local community and Internet groups that focus on specific change, such as smoking cessation or weight loss.  Look around to see what is available to help you with your New Year’s resolution.


The New Year is a great time to finally get started on the changes in your life that you want to make.  Choose your resolutions carefully, plan small easily achievable steps to reach the goal, and stay positive!