Resolution Tips from Angelic Health
New Year's Resolutions: We all make them and we all break them. But if you want to increase your chances of success, make reasonable resolutions. Here's some advice from Angelic Health to help you make and stick to your resolutions.
1.Make it small. Make a commitment you can achieve. Don't overdo it by setting a list of goals that total overhaul your life. Try setting a goal for the duration, like losing one or two pound a month.
2. Write it down. Make a list and put in where you see it daily. Use the note section on your cell phone. Journaling your experience as you work through your goals is a great motivator as well. It can also help with keeping you focused and on track.
3. Make it specific. Instead of saying you're going to "save money", define parameters such as saving $30 a week by eating out less. Setting small and specific goals increases your chances of success. Don't forget to celebrate your progress along the way.
4. Announce it. By making your resolution public you are more likely to stick with them. Letting others know helps to make you accountable. Someone is going to ask how you are doing with your goal to quit smoking, lose weight, or declutter your basement. Don't want to share it with the world? Tell one or two people who can help support your goals. In fact, they may share the same resolutions and you can support each other.
5. Make a plan. Your resolution isn't just one more thing on your to-do list. These goals are something you want to improve your quality of life so plan out how you are going to do it. If you want to lose two pounds a week your plan may be to run on your treadmill for 30 minutes a day, and cut your daily calorie intake by 500 calories. You can go into more detail as well by noting when you will exercise such as daily from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. If you are looking to save money, you would work out a weekly budget that plots out your expenses and savings.
6. Reassess it. Make sure your goals are really what you want and fit into your lifestyle. If your goal is to travel to Europe, yet your budget doesn't allow for it—or you don't have enough vacation time available, you may want to change the goal while still maintaining the intend. In this case, opt for a trip closer to home.
7. Celebrate small successes. Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon so pace yourself and celebrate your progress. Stay focused on your end goal and give yourself a pat on the back along the way.
8. Don't beat yourself up. If you slip up, just start again. With every sunrise there is a new day and an opportunity to start over. Acknowledge your setback and plan on how you prevent it from happening again.
9. Be your own best friend and supporter. It's good to have others involved as you work through keeping your resolution, but don't depend on them. You need to get yourself out of bed to run; you need to shop for a prepare healthier foods. It is your goals and your life. Don't let others get in the way, or blame others if you don't succeed.
10. If it works, stick with it. Once you've cracked the code, just keep going. In fact, there's no rule to say that you can make a resolution at any time of the year. So, if you have success in one resolution and it's June, Congratulations. Stay with it and set another goal.