How To: Make & Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

HOW TO: MAKE & *KEEP* YOUR RESOLUTIONS THIS YEAR

When you make a New Year's Resolution, sometimes they can be hard to keep. I suggest a few tips here that will help you stick to your plan and stay motivated.

1. MAKE THE LOGICAL SHORT LIST.
There's nothing like a time for a fresh start that will help get you motivated, but keeping the motivation is key. Making a short, logical list of your plans keeps things simple and goals will be easier to attain. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 things versus biting off more than you can chew. Make it very basic. Do, change, be is an excellent, easy formula. List only the most important in the Do, be and change sequence.

2. USE POSITIVE CHANGE WORDS.
It isn't easy to "quit" something but it is a lot easier to "change" something. Do not use "quit" words, instead use words that describe the change you're making.

Example List:
1. DO: Clean. (This Means: You will de-clutter the house.)
2. CHANGE: Smoking. (This Means: You will quit smoking)
3. BE: Healthy. (This Means: You'll start exercising and eating right.)

2. CREATE SCHEDULING REMINDERS & PACE YOURSELF.
If you set reminders, you'll be more able to complete your tasks. For example, implement these reminders in your schedule by setting your timer to 5:30 pm (or whatever time) to go off...when this timer goes off, you use that hour (or two or three) to work on your task. Plan healthy meals, make grocery lists that include healthy choices, label 3 separate boxes "broken," "donate," and "not broken," to sort your clutter. More on this de-cluttering later... this hour each day is your time to get on task and keep your resolution. It's ONLY ONE HOUR A DAY so you can drop what you're doing and do just this one hour. Within a couple days or weeks, your resolution will have been met.

REMEMBER - IT IS ONLY 1 HOUR A DAY FOR A COUPLE WEEKS AT THE MOST. YOU CAN DO THIS.

3. REWARD YOURSELF.
Before you begin your task or change, think of a reward you'd enjoy at the end when your task is met. It could be a piece of gum or a cruise to an exotic place. Or, a healthy long life if it's a positive change you're making. Post images of your reward on your wall, screen saver, everywhere. This will keep you motivated.

I will post an article on magically de-cluttering shortly. Yes, it does work.

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