As soon as the holiday season ends, we’re making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, or start exercising. Yet, after a few months most of us have long forgotten our good intentions. If you’re like most of us and you tend to fall off the wagon, here are some tips to help you get started again:
- Revisit and revise your original goal. Consider your original resolution and if needed, make modifications so it’s attainable.
- Identify the factors that prevented success. In addition to being unrealistic, were there other factors that inhibited your progress? Perhaps you started out strong but lost steam after you faced an unexpected setback.
- Keep a written record. Write your resolution down and keep it where you will see your goal every day. Writing down goals makes them concrete,giving you something to work towards.
- Make it a habit. The only sure way to achieve success is to practice your resolution regularly so that it becomes second nature. Be persistent and consistent.
- ‘Hire’ a coach. This could be a good friend or a family member to help keep you on task.
- Reward yourself. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Celebrate your progress.
If this stuff were easy, then everyone would be fit, thin non-smokers! Set reasonable goals that are within your reach.
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