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As we all prepare to embark on the journey that the New Year holds it is only natural to reflect on the year that has passed and determine the areas you would like to improve. This generally is where New Year’s resolutions fall into play.
We set new goals with hopes to welcome new experiences and accomplishments for the year to come. We resolve to invite new habits and make commitments to ourselves to implement them.
The trick however is actually following through with these wonderful resolutions that we have created.
In an effort to assist you in creating your best New Year resolutions yet, I listed several tips that will help you to create lasting change in your health and life this 2016.
Instead of creating a generic goal such as to lose weight or make more money, make your goal specific. This will allow you to better understand what you actually want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.
For example, if your goal is to run a 5k choose which 5k you are going to run.
If your goal is to eat healthier, choose what foods you are going to start eating, when you will eat them and the type of recipes you will eat them in.
Be very specific about what your goal is, when you will implement it, for how long and what will occur when it is achieved.
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Having a goal is wonderful. If you are not able to achieve the goal because it is too far-fetched or just plain unachievable it may be a good idea to set a more realistic goal that better suits your needs and desires.
For example, if you are brand new to running it is probably not a good idea to set a goal to run four marathons this year.
Or if you are only slightly overweight and you are hoping to lose 30 pounds in the next month. This is not a realistic amount of weight to lose, it is also not a healthy amount to lose in such a short amount of time.
Choose a goal that you are inspired by, but also one that you are truly able to achieve within a reasonable time frame.
All goals should have meaning behind them otherwise they can be easily ignored or forgotten. If there is no true meaning what is the purpose of achieving the goal?
Determine what this goal means to you – don’t forget to make it personal.
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Be very clear with yourself about why you are setting this goal in the first place and what achieving the goal will mean for you.
Create a visual image that depicts your reason for choosing the goal and a separate image displaying what achieving the goal will look like to you.
Be clear about what the success looks like to you, how you feel, and how your life will be impacted.
Recreate this image whenever you feel that your goal is too difficult to pursue, or you are having a bad day.
Prepare for barriers
Determine early on what specific factors may inhibit you from achieving your goal.
Recognize these barriers in advance and brainstorm ways that you can prevent them from interfering with your goal.
Planning ahead will save you time and energy.
Recruit a friend
When setting your goal check to see if any of your friends or family members would be interested in achieving the goal with you.
There is a much higher probability that a goal will be achieved if you have a friend to endure the ups and down with.
A friend will offer support, guidance and motivation.
They will encourage you to keep going when you feel like you want to give up.
Seek an accountability partner or coach
For those who are not able to find a friend to endure your goal with, you may want to consider seeking out a coach.
A coach will check in on the progress that you are making or not making. They will offer you guidance when you do not know where to turn. They will motivate you along the way.
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Now that you have set your goal, take the next step and begin making progress towards achieving it.
If your goal is to run a 5k, sign up for a race.
If you goal is to eat healthier, purchase health food – and actually eat it!
If your goal is to start strength training, get to the gym.
If your goal is to be a nicer person, start smiling and holding doors.
The time to start is now.
Have a healthy and happy New Year filled with accomplishment, joy and success!
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